2 with the six grades offered by the neighborhood school, he had attended a year at the Laurinburg Normal School. At present no magazine or paper comes to his home, but this was due to a lack of money rather than a lack of interest. The wife left school in the fourth grade and I asked her if she quit to help her family with the farm work. She laughed and hesitantly said, “I quit to git married.” Dave said he would have his children finish the seven grades offered in the local school. The nearest high school for Negroes is in Clinton but there is no school bus for Negro children from this community into Clinton. Dave said that he could get a farm on a bus-line when his oldest boy had finished the local school. As this boy was already seventeen I concluded that he would probably not plan to enter high school. The only advantage Dave thought his children would get from high school was a greater enjoyment in life.
Dave has been a share-tenant for seventeen years. He says he would prefer a home to a car but he has never been able to have either. He has not “paid out” in the last two years. This year the trouble was a hail storm in June followed by weeks of rain plus low prices. He has bought no clothing or furnishings for the house since 1936. He has 2.8 acres of tobacco, 5.5 acres of cotton and six of corn. His landlord