“We were working for what they would let us have and that was not a lot.”
Johnny Bradley tells his daughter Kathy about growing up in Georgia as the son of a sharecropper.
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Johnny Bradley: When I was about 5, I took about a 8 or 10 pound bag and went to the cotton field and picked what we call black seed cotton. Dad was a very good farmer but we were working for what they would let us have and that was not a lot. But that was part of the way it was back then I guess. And uh, it was real hard at that time. We uh, eat rice and peas one day, the next day we'd eat peas and rice. But I recall the day that we got electricity to our house. I believe it was in 1943 or 44. I remember we were privileged to get us a Philco radio where we could hear the Grand Ole Opry. And we thought we had died and went to heaven. On a Saturday night, all the neighbors gathered round and we'd sit there till midnight, listening to the radio. Thought that was the greatest thing since Pepsi Cola come out.