An Hour Before Daylight

An Hour Before Daylight

Memories of A Rural Boyhood

Book - 2001
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In An Hour Before Daylight, Jimmy Carter, bestselling author of Living Faith and Sources of Strength, recreates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm before the civil rights movement forever changed it and the country.

Carter writes about the powerful rhythms of countryside and community in a sharecropping economy, offering an unforgettable portrait of his father, a brilliant farmer and a strict segregationist who treated black workers with respect and fairness; his strong-willed and well-read mother; and the five other people who shaped his early life, three of whom were black.

Carter's clean and eloquent prose evokes a time when the cycles of life were predictable and simple and the rules were heartbreaking and complex. In his singular voice and with a novelist's gift for detail, Jimmy Carter creates a sensitive portrait of an era that shaped the nation and recounts a classic, American story of enduring importance.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001
ISBN: 9780743211994
Characteristics: 284 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Feb 20, 2018

Carter's tender and eloquent writings trigger memories of my own childhood in a different but equally simple and predictable time. It is a must-read classic on the rural life in the Depression era of the South.

Dec 06, 2007

Finalist of the 2002 Pulitzer prize for autobiography.


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