By R. Douglas Hurt
During the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century, degradation, poverty, and hopelessness have been typical for African american citizens who lived within the South’s nation-state, both on farms or in rural groups. Many southern blacks sought aid from those stipulations through migrating to city facilities. Many others, notwithstanding, persevered to stay in rural components. students of African American rural historical past within the South were involved basically with the adventure of blacks as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, cloth employees, and miners. much less realization has been given to different features of the agricultural African American event throughout the early 20th century. African American existence within the Rural South, 1900–1950 presents vital new information regarding African American tradition, social existence, and faith, in addition to economics, federal coverage, migration, and civil rights. The essays relatively emphasize the efforts of African americans to barter the white global within the southern countryside. Filling a void in southern stories, this extraordinary assortment offers a great evaluation of the topic. students, scholars, and lecturers of African American, southern, agricultural, and rural background will locate this paintings helpful.
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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). On theories of rights to land, see also Julie Saville, The Work of Reconstruction: From Slave to Wage Labor in South Carolina, 1860–1870 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994); Gerald David Jaynes, Roots without Branches: Genesis of the Black Working Class in the American South, 1862–1882 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986).
One of his frequent suggestions was that blacks and whites should not identify their interests as being naturally in opposition. ” For Washington, this was not the colorful speech of rural people, or a language specific to Americans with African ancestry; it was ignorance of doing things in ways that would lead out of poverty. Washington did not call these people “the folk,” nor did he treat them as ignorant peasants who had been living the same way for generations. Instead, he stressed that they were victims of an oppressive system that offered few alternatives, benefited when they went into debt for sewing machines, organs, or clocks, and did nothing to educate them for anything but agricultural labor.
16 His months in rural Tennessee encouraged him to doubt that assumption and to consider other perspectives. 15. , 31; Manning Marable, W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1986), 10. For a full discussion, see David Levering Lewis, W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868–1919 (New York: Henry Holt, 1993). Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk, 103, 108. 16. Du Bois, Dusk of Dawn, 26–27. ” He had heard such songs before. They touched him on the rare occasions he heard African American religious music in Massachusetts, and he was there to hear the Fisk Jubilee singers in Nashville.
African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 by R. Douglas Hurt