African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 by R. Douglas Hurt

By R. Douglas Hurt

 During the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century, degradation, poverty, and hopelessness have been usual for African americans who lived within the South’s nation-state, both on farms or in rural groups. Many southern blacks sought aid from those stipulations by means of migrating to city facilities. Many others, besides the fact that, endured to stay in rural components. students of African American rural background within the South were involved essentially with the event of blacks as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, cloth staff, and miners. much less recognition has been given to different facets of the agricultural African American adventure through the early 20th century.  African American existence within the Rural South, 1900–1950 presents very important new information regarding African American tradition, social lifestyles, and faith, in addition to economics, federal coverage, migration, and civil rights. The essays fairly emphasize the efforts of African american citizens to barter the white international within the southern countryside.  Filling a void in southern experiences, this remarkable assortment offers a important assessment of the topic. students, scholars, and lecturers of African American, southern, agricultural, and rural historical past will locate this paintings important.

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22 These sharecropper’s complaints are supported by the occupation data for black, farm-dwelling male heads of households in Table 5. In 1900, nearly all farm-dwelling black men worked as farmers, the vast majority under some form of tenancy arrangement. 3 percent worked as farm or general laborers. By 1940, however, nearly one-quarter of farm-dwelling male household heads were working as laborers, and only about two-thirds described them22. Jack Temple Kirby, Rural Worlds Lost: The American South, 1920–1960 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987), 51–79.

Dudley, My Father’s Shadow: Intergenerational Conflict in African American Men’s Autobiography; Joanne M. Braxton, Black Women Writing Autobiography: A Tradition within a Tradition; V. P. Franklin, Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths: Autobiography and the Making of the AfricanAmerican Intellectual Tradition; David G. Nicholls, Conjuring the Folk: Forms of Modernity in African America (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000); Deborah E. ” The key work on Reconstruction and freedpeople’s ideas about land continues to be Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 (New York: Harper and Row, 1988).

Of the four authors, Du Bois wrote the most about land, the attempts of black southerners to own it, and efforts by plantation owners and white politicians to keep them from doing so. Du Bois understood the importance of both land and government in the Promised Land story. His Black Reconstruction, published in 1935, was one of the first works of scholarship to place the issue of land ownership at the center of Reconstruction. He argued that freedpeople wanted land in part because of their experience as slaves of controlling gardens and livestock.

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