Short stories by Erksine Caldwell

Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 – April 11, 1987) was an American novelist and short story writer.[1][2] His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native Southern United States, in novels such as Tobacco Road (1932) and God's Little Acre (1933) won him critical acclaim, but his advocacy of eugenics and the sterilization of Georgia's poor whites became less popular following World War II.[3]

Listing 6 stories.

A farm’s hired craftsman kills an elderly man and is forced to find a new home, lest he draw the attention of the authorities. However, his employer has grown attached to the craftsman, and the craftsman has unfinished business to attend to.

A hired hand explains how he has been wrongfully accused of stealing a horse.

On a cold February night, a man innocently eavesdrops on the lives of those around him — but when he overhears a violent situation, he must decide if he can remain a bystander.

Two siblings are thrilled at their father’s return to their home after a long week of work and, in their fervor for playtime with him, cause his well-being to take a turn for the worse.

An African American sharecropper is suddenly evicted from his home. When he tries to convince his landlord to stay, his landlord falsely accuses him of threatening violence and throws him into the jaws of the unfair justice system.

A young man travels to the mountains to visit a woman and her family. Unsure of his feelings towards her, Richard chats with her family while trying to determine his true purpose for visiting.