peckerwood

peckerwood
noun /ˈpɛkəwʊd/
A white person, especially a Southerner, or when regarded as ignorant or rustic.

All the time I was stretched out on the infirmary cot I kept looking at the blank walls and seeing the mean, murdering faces of those Southern peckerwoods when they went after Big Six and the others with their knives.


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