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Rufus Riley Wyatt [May 8, 1857 -- October 11, 1943]
This book provides an insight into rural life in Alabama-Mississippi from Civil War times up to about 1920. It tells his family's poverty after his father died when he was very young. Successes and loses in day to day life are described. Through determination he achieved goals he could have never imagined early in life. Starting with being a store clerk and advancing to Justice of the Peace, medical doctor, and land owner. No other book describes life in these times so vividly.
With no formal training in writing, he wrote and published this book in Macon, Mississippi to describe his life and various perspectives. The quantity of books printed is possibly only about 100.