"Voice of Freedom" by Carole Boston Weatherford November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"My folks, James and Lou Ella Townsend, was sharecroppers in Sunflower County in the Delta, where the soil was as rich as the black folks was poor, were cotton was king and Jim Crow the Law." (p. 1)

Based upon the context clues, "sharecroppers" means, a farmer that is mostly owed by the owner of the farm that is poor.

"From sunup to sundown, dew to dark, can see to can't, twenty-foot sacks over our shoulders down miles of rows, we bent to pluck the cotton "blossoming" out." (p. 3)

Based upon the context clues, "blossom" means, to develop.

"I reckon I was a show off." (p. 4)

Based upon the context clues, "reckon" means, to think or suppose.

"Neighbors gave my mother chitlins, pig's feet and hog heads for helping with the slaughter." (p. 6)

Based upon the context clues, "chitlins" are a part of the pig that you can eat.

"But a white neighbor poisoned the livestock." (p. 6)

Based upon the context clues, "livestock" are animals.

"Hardship after hardship wore my father down." (p. 9)

Based upon the context clues, "hardship" means lots of work.

"Besides picking cotton, I was the times keeper." (p. 10)

Based upon the context clues, a "timekeeper" is a worker who does the math for the master.

"Back at the plantation, my boss had already set my stuff in the road." (p. 16)

Based on the context clues, "plantation" means a farm.

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