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

By R. Douglas Hurt

 During the 1st half the 20 th century, degradation, poverty, and hopelessness have been standard for African americans who lived within the South’s geographical region, both on farms or in rural groups. Many southern blacks sought reduction from those stipulations by way of migrating to city facilities. Many others, even though, persisted to dwell in rural components. students of African American rural background within the South were involved essentially with the event of blacks as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, fabric staff, and miners. much less realization has been given to different points of the agricultural African American adventure throughout the early 20th century.  African American lifestyles within the Rural South, 1900–1950 presents vital new information regarding African American tradition, social lifestyles, and faith, in addition to economics, federal coverage, migration, and civil rights. The essays quite emphasize the efforts of African americans to barter the white international within the southern countryside.  Filling a void in southern reports, this extraordinary assortment presents a substantive review of the topic. students, scholars, and lecturers of African American, southern, agricultural, and rural historical past will locate this paintings beneficial.

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Instead of survival strategies, he urged, African Americans needed to envision a new future based on sharing with all working people the fight against employers and exploiters. Wright ultimately believed that to change the world in a dramatic way, African Americans needed more than survival strategies. They needed more than extended, adaptable families to share the burdens of difficult lives, more than interdependent and supportive communities, and more than religious faith and powerful music. They needed, he urged, to question more of the assumptions they had developed about sticking together and helping each other out; survival strategies were fine ways to show people’s strength and creativity, but those strategies got in the way of changing the world.

Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). 2. Patricia Yaeger, Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women’s Writing; Michael Kreyling, Inventing Southern Literature ( Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998); Richard Gray, Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problem of Regionalism (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000). Gray tended to stress issues of the garden myth, pastoralism, and agrarianism in Writing the South: Ideas of an American Region, with a New Afterword.

But he loved them anyway, in part because more people meant more workers and hence greater hope for the deliverance of the whole family. More broadly, he loved the way the entire black community celebrated life with each new birth. “Some people wag their heads in amusement when they see our long lines of ragged children, but we love them. . Like black buttercups, our children spring up on the red soil of the plantations. When a new one arrives, neighbors from miles around come and look at it, speculating upon which parent it resembles.

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