Chapters 14 & 15

  1. Mrs. Tate tells Addie Ann, “Negroes are good at loving other people’s children.” If Mrs. Tate just paid Addie Ann a compliment, then why is Addie Ann angry?
  2. How does Addie Ann feel about starting junior high school?
  3. Addie Ann’s father insisted that his children get an education. He told Mama, “That’s the only way for them to live free.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  4. How would you describe the relationship between Addie Ann, Cool Breeze, and Delilah?
  5. Explain the following terms: sharecropper, plantation, plantation school.


Watch the video. In the first part, you’ll hear a man talk about the Hopson Plantation that operated in the Mississippi Delta. In the second part, you’ll hear the current mayor of Glendora, Mississippi discuss how plantation life and the cotton-picking machine changed life for black citizens in the Delta.

After you watch the video, answer the following questions:

  1. How did the invention of the cotton-picking machine change life in the Mississippi Delta?
  2. What was the settle with the company store on the plantation?
  3. Mayor Johnny Thomas grew up on a plantation. What does he say was good about plantation life? What was bad about it?
  4. According to Mayor Thomas, how did the cotton-picking machine and plantation life contribute to the poverty in the Mississippi Delta that exists today?


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