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My Story of a Sharecropper


My Story of a Sharecropper is a collaborative book about Willie Holliday Sr., a South Carolina man who spent his entire life working as a sharecropper in the post-Civil War South. In the records of history, Willie was a faceless black man. While America faced War, Depression and Revolution, his life would not become the subject of any book. He was a reminder of America’s ugly past - a slave descendant who grew cotton and ate scraps.

Through the first-hand accounts of family members and friends, Willie Holliday's life is recounted with unapologetic humor and optimism. My Story of a Sharecropper is more than a family history, it's an American tale.

Why should you read this book?

There's no one answer, there are multiple reasons.

Here are a few reasons you might be drawn to this story:

  • You’ve wondered about the lives of sharecroppers in the American South.
  • You’d like to see 1900s America through the legacy of someone who lived through it all.
  • You are interested in a framework for your family’s personal history.


"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

Marcus Garvey

Jamaican publisher

Now is the time to redefine your understanding of what was......
so you can better define what will be.

"It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand" - Sonia Sotomayer

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About the Authors

My Story of a Sharecropper is authored by Jim McKnight and Sahara Bowser.

Jim McKnight is the eldest grandson of Willie Holliday Sr, and was raised by him from age of 3 to 16. As a young adult, he enlisted in the US Air Force, and later earned two degrees from St. Peter's College in New Jersey. He's a retired business consultant and entrepreneur.

Sahara Bowser is an Author, Historian, and Genealogist that enjoys genealogy research and crafting family trees. Sahara retired from the City of Philadelphia and now spends her free time traveling and working on an M.A. degree in Creative Writing.

Jim McKnight is available to speak to groups on the topics of sharecropping and preserving family history through self-publication. The pair also conduct book signings by request.


My story of a Sharecropper could not have been written
without the contributions of the friends and family of Willie Holliday Sr.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their personal stories.