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Shaking the Cotton Trees describes events happening to several families that immigrated to America in the 1800s and built new lives and had children and made new friends despite the difficulties they encountered. If you enjoy family histories, you will probably like this book.
Incidents noted were captured from old letters and journals and
stories passed down through the generations. They include the following:
- A father and two of his young children die in a Cholera epidemic in 1854.
- A twelve-year-old son is killed in the yard of his family’s Missouri home by Confederate soldiers during a Civil War raid.
- A blacksmith in the Oklahoma Territory in the 1890s relates his experiences among the Indians and outlaws.
- A man kills his adopted younger sister with an axe, is committed to an insane asylum, and then escapes.
- A moonshiner is caught and sentenced to jail.
- A young woman commits suicide when the father of her unborn child refuses to marry her.
- Three Caucasian sisters from Arkansas marry African-American husbands in the 1930s.