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Now the special English program, American Stories.

Our story today is called Prelude. It was written by Edgar Valentine Smith. Here is Kate Glad with the story.

Salina Joe Hutshel was born in the cabin. There had two rooms, one small window, and a dirt floor. Her parents, Shag and Marty
Hutshel, built the little house in one day with the help of their families and friends.

Salina Joe began to talk when she was one year old. By the time she was seven, her parents couldn’t answer any of her
questions. Salina Joe’s big black eyes were full of curiosity, but her mind stayed hungry. Her parents sent her to school
for six months. They took her out as soon as she learned to read and write. Her parents had never learned.

Salina Joe had to work on the farm. She planted corn and sweet potatoes in the hard red earth. She fed the cows and built
fences. She cleaned the cabin and chopped wood. She did all the cooking and washed all the clothes.

Her parents spent most of their time with the uncles, aunts and cousins in the family who lived nearby. All the Hutshels
were like Salina Joe’s parents. They couldn’t read or write. They didn’t like to work and they never took bath.

One Sunday when Salina Joe was sixteen years old, her parents took her to the town of East Field. As they walked down the
street, Salina Joe heard someone behind her whispered, “those are part of the Hutshel family, they are all dirty, lazy
people. Never work.”

A few days later, Salina went back alone to East Field. She went into one of the stores. It was only a simple country
store. But to Salina Joe, it seemed like a wonderful place. She looked at silk ribbons and soft leader shoes. Salina Joe
had never owned a pair of shoes, or a silk ribbon. In the back of the store, she found a dress. It was made of red cotton
material with little snow white squares on it. Salina Joe couldn’t stop touching the dress. She asked the store’s owner,
“how much the dress cost?” “5 dollars,” he said, “but I’ll sell it to you for 3.”

That evening after dinner, she told her father about the dress.

Shag's face got red."are you crazy?"he yelled"do you think I will buy you that dress"
"but pa"Salina Joe said"it only costs 3 dollars,I worked hard and I have never asked you for anything before.......
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