MORELAND: ERSKINE CALDWELL
am proud to be one of your fellow citizens.
Erskine Caldwell in a 1964 letter of congratulations to Reverend
Martin Luther King Jr. who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Erskine Caldwell was born in a simple wooden
house near Moreland on December 17, 1903. The house has been moved
to Moreland's town square where it is now a museum and the
centerpiece of a friendly southern town that the author of God's
Little Acre and Tobacco Road understood best: a
crossroads of farms, churches and general stores.
The son of a Presbyterean minister and a
schoolteacher, young Erskine lived in almost every southern state as
his father moved from church to church. His mother Caroline taught
Latin and English and wrote articles in religious journals that
sought compassion for the down-and-out. His father Ira used
his pulpit to speak against the racism and poverty that were
prevalent in the South of the early 20th Century.
Caldwell mobilized his writing to writing to continue the campaigns
of his parents in favor of helping the socially and racially
oppressed people of the South. His first book, The Bastard, had a very
provocative title for 1929. Later, when Caldwell went on a book tour
for God's Little Acre to New York, he was arrested and copies of
Bastard were seized at the instigation of the New York Literary
Society. A trial exonerated the fearless southern writer who
counter-sued for false arrest and malicious prosecution.
For a decade, Caldwell was married to famous
photographer Margaret Bourke-White, and he served as a foreign
correspondent to the USSR during World War II. Bourke-White and
Caldwell collaborated on You Have Seen Their Faces in 1937.
During the remainder of his life after World War II, Caldwell's best
books focused on his travels and featured an uncompromising look
into the viewpoints of the segregated South. In Search of Bisco
chronicled his search through the South during the 1960s for a black
playmate of his childhood. In the book, Caldwell reported vicious
attitudes by white Southerners toward the Civil Rights Movement and
startled the nation. For
the duration of his life as a writer, Caldwell fought social
injustice with truth-telling in both his novels and his non-fiction
Church in Moreland
|Pavilion named for Lewis Grizzard
A home in Newnan, the "City of Homes"
Moreland is also the home of Lewis Grizzard, a
popular Southern humorist and writer who died in 1994 at age 48.
Witty observations and slang-filled deliveries made Grizzard a
popular live performer who once said, I am the only person in
the history of Moreland, Georgia to ever be on the New York Times
Best Seller List. I'm the only person in the history of Moreland,
Georgia who ever heard of the New York Times Best Seller List.
information on Erskine Caldwell, link here to his listing in
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