Popcorn and Inspiration: ‘Places in the Heart’

PG | 1 h 51 min | Drama | 1984
Decades before the Depression, the southeastern states lost considerable cotton acreage under cultivation to boll weevil attacks or droughts or heat waves or storms.
Until mechanized farming became commonplace, this economy depended on one person: the cotton picker. Bent at the hip, one arm picking, another flinging cotton into sacks slung from the head or shoulder, pickers—men, women, and children—picked from dawn to dusk until wagons were loaded for buyers. The picker’s hands told a story. Torn thumbs and fissured fingers spoke of defeat after defeat, and some victories so sweet because they were so rare, so hard-won….

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