Rick Sherrod recently discussed his latest book, Plain Folk, Planters, & the Complexities of Southern Society, that’s now available for purchase. The book dives into his family history and traces its stories.

“I’ve been putting this together for 12 years,” Sherrod said. “So it's been kind of a project, but all along I knew I was going to develop different parts.”

He traveled across the country researching and discovering his family history with his wife Annette.

“We went through 16 states and infinite courthouses,” he said. “I did wind up finding a whole core of cousins that I didn’t know were out there.”

He discovered that his family, specifically the Browns, Sherrods, Mannings, Sprowls and Williams, first settled in northeast Alabama and eventually ended up in northwest Louisiana. Sherrod is the great-great-great grandson of William Sherrod and Mary Brown, two of the book's main characters.

Sherrod teaches advanced placement and dual credit American and world history classes at Stephenville High School.

“The value of this to me is that it is anecdotal,” he said. “But then it also tells us something about the historical context of that time.”

The book is available online at www.tamupress.com.