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upland rise to the piedmont from coastal land as far north as lower Maryland, down coastal Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and across the Gulf Coast to east Texas. As settlers moved to the land, they looked aloft at the tall, straight trees in what appeared to be an end le ss fore st. They needed to clear land and plant crops. They wanted straight boards for houses and sheds for animals. They had to make furniture for growing families ~ beds, tables and chairs, shelves and utensils. There stood a limitless treasure for their muscles and their axes. Event ua lly, t here was a lmost nothing left but desert sand and poor soil to be planted with fast growing , inferior trees suitable only for pulp to make paper. A common sight even in today’s old front yards in rural Georgia is bare dirt, neatly swept with a broom to serve as a tidy fire protection. That glum scene became more distressing to Ms. Ray as she grew into adulthood. The book relates how h a r d it w a s to p er s on a l ly get there through the trials of “a Cracker Childhood,” the second part of the book’s title. Ms. Ray clearly loved both of her parents. Her mother had a strength in difficult times, patience with poverty, and was always serene with her husband’s peculiarity. Like his 170

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