The Story of the Chandler Family

In 1978, CBS news’ “On The Road” segment was hosted by Charles Kuralt. He found a family of 11 in Prairie, Mississippi, all coming home for Thanksgiving. Here now, from the WAFB archives is Charles Kuralt’s original report on the Chandler family called their rise from humble beginnings the “ultimate American success story.”

Additional information about the Chandlers

WAFB ARCHIVES: Former Mississippi sharecropping family, all college graduates, reunite for Thanksgiving meal

The Power of the Family

Amid Poverty, a Family of Riches

Additional information about sharecropping

Woodruff, Nan Elizabeth. American Congo. United Kingdom: Harvard University Press, 2009. (book)

Hodges, John O. Delta Fragments: The Recollections of a Sharecropper’s Son. United States: University of Tennessee Press, 2013. (book)

Sharecropping in Mississippi (PBS)

Cooperative Farming in Mississippi (article)

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