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An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood

An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood

Written by Jimmy Carter

Narrated by Jimmy Carter


An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood

Written by Jimmy Carter

Narrated by Jimmy Carter

ratings:
4.5/5 (13 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2001
ISBN:
9780743563703
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Audiobook

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Description

In an American story of enduring importance, Jimmy Carter re-creates his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm, before the civil rights movement that changed it and the country. 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.
Released:
Jan 1, 2001
ISBN:
9780743563703
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of thirty books, including A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety; A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood; and Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.

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  • (4/5)
    I saw Mr. Carter discussing his book in a TV interview, and bought the book on the basis of that discussion. It is an intriguing read; I learned a good many things, but not necessarily what I expected to learn. The Carter family was fairly well off--owned land, businesses, etc., but still had no running water in the house. Mr. Carter claims that some of the policies of the New Deal harmed the poor farmers they were intended to assist. He lost his father, brother and both sisters to pancreatic cancer. His mother ied of cancer too, although she lived to be quite old. He attributes all these deaths to smoking. Carter emerges as a real person with ordinary human failings, but no corruption or hypocrisy. His writing style is a bit dull at times; he talks much more easily. 3 1/2 starsReviewed January 15, 2001
  • (5/5)
    This audio book was great. The story flowed well and likely could have been about most anyone who grew up in the south at those times. I definitely saw correlation between what our president experienced and the way he is now, and similarly with my father-in-law who is only slightly younger than Mr. Carter. I found it surprising how much respect he had for his father even though from the stories he tells it sure sounds like he wasn't deserving of that respect, particularly when you think of "how he knew to go to the back door, and exactly where the Turkey's where and why it took so long to settle up" I recommend this to anyone, regardless of your political persuasion; it is really less about politics and more about people. Jimmy Carter's voice is great on audio, and I'm sure the hardcopy would be just as entertaining and informative.
  • (5/5)
    It’s a wonderful book. Me and my Pop (b. 1930) listened to it on his deathbed. Thanks Jimmy
  • (4/5)
    One of the interesting projects in Jimmy Carter's generally well-regarded post-presidency is that he has become a prolific author. After writing the nearly obligatory memoir after he left office in 1981, he has published books on a range of topics from Middle East relations to Christianity; he has even tried his hand at fiction and poetry. In the midst of this writing career, he has reflected upon his life in additional memoirs through the years, including an extended consideration of his adolescence in "An Hour Before Daylight."In this book, Carter writes of his life as a boy in Plains, Georgia, the son of a successful farmer and business owner at the center of rural sharecropping common in the south in the first half of the 20th Century. In straightforward language, Carter shares common experiences of a bygone era ? chores and increasing responsibility on the farm; tales from the small school; stories about games, fishing, and Saturday matinees; and the sense that everyone in the small community knew everyone else's business.In this tale, certain personalities loom large alongside Carter's father, especially his mother. As in many other places, the former president rhapsodizes about his mother's common wisdom and uncommon sense of justice in the Jim Crow south; in this book, he describes how these traits not only affected him but were important to the surrounding community due to her nursing career. Jack Clark, the African-American who helped manage the Carter farm, taught young Jimmy how to do all sorts of things around the farm, and the former president remembers he and his wife Rachel with special affection.On one level, this is simply the story of a type of childhood once common in the United States, but now mostly a faded relic of yesterday. In this sense, these pleasant reflections seem to be mostly the variety that one imagines hearing while sitting on a porch at the end of a summer day. Two persistent themes elevate the book, though, and make it more historically interesting. First, Carter pays careful attention to the economics of sharecropping and the small Southern town during and after the Great Depression, offering an accessible social history of this once-common economy.More importantly, and sometimes more devastatingly, Carter describes race relations before the Civil Rights movement had forced itself into the national consciousness. Not only does Carter describe the general social customs that maintained segregation between the races, even as their lives overlapped due to geographic proximity and simple economics; he also describes this personally. As a boy, young Jimmy played with others nearby who were close to his age, regardless of their race. But these relationships changed over time, at first subtly, and then more openly, and by his high school years Carter admits that only his relationships with other whites were on an equal basis.Like Carter's other books, "An Hour Before Daylight" is well-written and a pleasant read. Unlike his policy books, there is little here that will raise controversy among most readers; similarly, though, there is little here that will strike most readers as memorable or exciting. Still, the observations on sharecropping and race relations are encouragement enough for those interested in American history. Beyond that, only those wanting to reminisce about a culture slipping away or those who are serious students or fans of Carter will likely find the book to be of substantial interest.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful biography of former president Jimmy Carter about growing up on a farm in rural Georgia. You can almost hear his beautiful, slow, southern drawl.
  • (5/5)
    This is biography of past President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. It looks at how his upbringing in southern United States by poor but hard working peanut and cotton farmers influenced his later political thinking. Very well written.
  • (5/5)
    It sounds so "like" Carter. He is simply telling the story of his family life and growing up,but it also shows what rural Southern life was like in those days.The black and white family photographs are excellent. I happened to buy this book and another ,Circling Home by John Lane who describes in a sense writing as a travel writer at the place you life, indoors and out. These two books seem to come together with a common theme.
  • (5/5)
    Enlightening story of growing up in the impoverished, rural South. Except for different crops, not that much different than impoverished rural anywhere.. but an engaging account of family and friends who made it not only endurable but enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    The rural South in which Jimmy Carter grew up was a world increasingly unfamiliar to contemporary people. Carter's memoir will prove more and more valuable as time passes.
  • (4/5)
    read but a year later don't remember anything, so i have not rated it.
  • (2/5)
    Interesting, pleasant read about Jimmy Carter's childhood.
  • (5/5)
    The president's childhood is fascinating and very readable. Growing up on the farm, the chores that began at an early age, and the work ethic instilled by his parents give us insight into this devoted family man and humanitarian. If you grew up in the rural south, youll be able to relate.