| Quote #1
From Cape Girardeau,
These two well-known towns in the Mississippi river valley were characterized by widespread poverty back in the day, especially when it came to their black citizens.
| Quote #2
Comes flivverin' in, (9)
Flivverin's not just a cool word. It also tells us that these people aren't cruising in in fancy Cadillacs. They drive jalopies.
| Quote #3
Or ridin' mules, (10)
Back in the day, mules were owned by those who couldn't spring for a horse, so in a poem like this, it's a sure sign of a lack of cash.