All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me Was to Work: The Memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman (Shawnee Books) by Edith Bradley Rendleman, Professor Jane AdamsISBN10: 0809320592
Author: Edith Bradley Rendleman, Professor Jane Adams
Title: All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me Was to Work: The Memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman (Shawnee Books)
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (February 26, 1996)
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All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me Was to Work: The Memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman (Shawnee Books) by Edith Bradley Rendleman, Professor Jane Adams
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"Starting around 1950, people stopped raising chickens, milking cows, and raising hogs. They just buy it at the store, ready to eat. A lot buy a steer and have it processed in Dongola and put it in their freezer. What a difference! Girls have got it so easy now. They don't even know what it was like to start out. And I guess my mother's life, when she started out, was as hard again as mine, because they had to make everything by hand. I don't know if it could get any easier for these girls. But they don't know what it was like, and they never will. Everything is packaged. All you do is go to the store and buy you a package and cook it. Automatic washers and dryers. I'm glad they don't have to work like I did. Very glad."
Edith Bradley Rendleman's story of her life in southern Illinois is remarkable in many ways. Recalling the first half of the twentieth century in great detail, she vividly cites vignettes from her childhood as her family moved from farm to farm until settling in 1909 in the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and times of her family and neighbors during an era gone forever.
Remarkable for the vivid details that evoke the past, Rendleman's account is rare in another respect: memoirs of the timeusually written by people from elite or urban familiesoften reek of nostalgia. But Rendleman's memoir differs from the norm. Born poor in rural southern Illinois, she tells an unvarnished tale of what it was really like growing up on a tenant farm early this century.