This is {kind of} what it was like then:

http://pad39a.com/gene/survival.html

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This has been added later. We lived on a small farm in Mississippi for a few months. A much better visualization of what it was like is shown in the movie: The Painted House
which was taken from a Grissam novel.

Watching movies like that helped me a lot because I had depersonalization disorder and I needed to visualize what my childhood was like. This movie even contains a "perp", who'se part is soft-pedaled a lot. But if you've met perps, which all of us have, then you will recognize Hank in this film.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362001/

http://www.merdb.ru/watch-3391-A-Painted-House.html

Another movie which helped me with that was: The Education of Little Tree. It was healing for me to be able to "see" myself enacted as the boy in those movies. I actually looked something like that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bto9YEn0AiA
They have remade the preview. The actual film was made in Tennessee in Cherokee County which is several counties away from where I'm now living.

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