Johanna asked:

Is that really supposed to say 1960s instead of 1860s? I'm confused....

Alex It's "plantation-style slavery." Not actual slavery from the 1860s, but a kind of employment that closely resembled slavery.
JESSICA One of the main characters grows up as a sharecropper, where he owned nothing, and all his labor paid for his maintenance (housing, clothing and food) that he received on credit from the landowner. At the end of a year, the worker had nothing more than he started the year off with. This is was one of the most eye opening portions of this story. The pervasiveness of this kind of life in such a wealthy nation.
Denny Hi Johanna,

I'm not sure exactly what your question refers to, but a goodly portion of one of the protagonist's background occurs during the 1960s. The timeline of the entire story seems to be approximately 1940s through the early 2000s.

Happy reading!

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