Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Objects/Places
Longleaf Pine Forests
The longleaf pine forests are one of the stars of this book. They originally spanned from Virginia south to Florida and west to Mississippi. They have been so depleted and overused that they now exist only in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida.
Janisse Ray was born in a rural area on the outskirts of Baxley, Georgia, a small town in Appling County. The town had a population of some 3,500.
The rural part of Southern Georgia that Janisse Ray grew up in was populated with mainly poor, white people. Images of that region included bent-over cotton field workers, whites only signs, children with no shoes and tar-paper shanties.
The Celtic, Scottish and Irish immigrant farmers that moved into the south in the 1800s were referred to as Crackers which at the time meant braggarts or liars. The term eventually became synonymous with poor white southern people.
Frank Ray's Junkyard
Frank Ray ran a...