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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 K.G with the story.
S.J.H was born in the cabin that had two rooms, one small window, and a dirty floor. Her parents, S.and M. H., built the little house in one day with the help of their families and friends.
S.J. began to talk when she was one year old. By the time she was seven, her parents couldn't answer any of her questions. S.J'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 learnt to read and write. Her parents had never learnt.
S.J had to work on 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 H. were like S.J's parents. They couldn’t read or write. They didn’t like to work and they never took bath.
One Sunday when S.J. was sixteen years old, her parents took her to the town of East Field. As they walked down the street, S.J heard someone behind her whispered, “those are part of the H.family, they are all dirty, lazy people who Never work.”
A few days later, S. went back alone to East Field. She went into one of the stores. It was only a simple country store. But to S.J., 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. S.J. couldn’t stop touching the dress. She asked the store’s owner, “how much the dress cost?” “five dollars,” he said, “but I’ll sell it to you for three.”
That evening after dinner, she told her father about the dress.

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