By Debra A. Reid, Evan P. Bennett
The members stroll readers via a century and a half African American agricultural historical past, from the strivings of black farm vendors within the speedy post-emancipation interval to the efforts of up to date black farm proprietors to obtain justice in the course of the courts for many years of discrimination by means of the U.S division of Agriculture. They show that regardless of huge, immense stumbling blocks, through 1920 1 / 4 of African American farm households owned their land, and show that farm possession used to be now not easily a departure aspect for black migrants looking a greater lifestyles yet a middle portion of the African American experience.
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By the early 1930s NFCF leaders articulated a new agrarian protest rhetoric that emphasized labor as patriotic and worthy of national government protection. The NFCF did not prosper, however, but the ultimate failure of the UNIA and the NFCF should not be considered proof of their irrelevance. Instead, studying the demise of one and the rise and eventual decline of another agrarian organization can help explain the contested nature of farmer politics during an era of farm consolidation and changing agricultural practices.
29 More than any of the studies to date, Schultz’s book tells us something new about the South during the Jim Crow era by unearthing a culture of personalism and violence. In this rural county, black and white people worked, ate, worshipped, celebrated, and lived together. The ties that bound them to one another were social, economic, and even familial. Schultz argues persuasively that land ownership among African Americans represents another crack in our conception of the Solid South. Schultz found that by 1910, the high water mark of landownership for African Americans throughout the South, 9 percent of Hancock County’s landowners were black, while overall, black people made up 70 percent of the county’s population.
P. Putnam’s Sons, 1889), 211–27, quote on 219. 14. Du Bois, The Negroes of Farmville, Virginia; Du Bois, The Negro Landowner in Georgia. 15. E-mail from Evan P. Bennett to Debra A. Reid, August 12, 2010. Melvin Patrick Ely, Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War (New York: Knopf, 2004). See the bibliographic essay of this volume for suggested readings, underutilized resources, and potential research topics. 16. Du Bois, “The Negro Farmer,” in Aptheker, Contributions by W.
Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families Since Reconstruction by Debra A. Reid, Evan P. Bennett
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