A Head of Cabbage

A Memoir

by Barbara Johnson

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/24/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 370
ISBN : 9798765230282
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 370
ISBN : 9798765230305
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 370
ISBN : 9798765230299

About the Book

Barbara Abbott was eighteen when her father threatened to kill her if she went to school against his will. A sharecropper since he lost his farm in 1956, he needed her on the farm to help plant their annual tobacco crop. Barbara would often sneak away to school, but her mother would retrieve her before her second class started and return her to the fields. Then, after the workday was over, she studied unassigned chapters hoping that she would not get behind in her class assignments due to absences from school. Her father believed living off the land was the best option for southern black people. He never encouraged his children to seek an education; he saw how education had not helped many black people financially and had an extreme distrust of white people and the government. Eventually, Barbara got accepted into Bennett College, a predominately black all-girls school, though she left college after her junior year to marry her high school sweetheart. Then, while pregnant, she discovered that her husband was gay and had a lover living next door. Spanning many decades, this personal narrative shares an account of the everyday life struggles of a black woman and shows her determination to live a life different from those of her ancestors.

About the Author

Barbara Johnson was born and raised in North Carolina. She holds a BA in sociology from Bennett College. She won first place in the Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Contest and in the Charlotte Writers Club in 2020 with an excerpt from A Head of Cabbage, which is her first published book. She lives with her husband, George Davis, in North Carolina.