By R. Douglas Hurt
During the 1st 1/2 the 20th century, degradation, poverty, and hopelessness have been normal for African american citizens who lived within the South’s nation-state, both on farms or in rural groups. Many southern blacks sought reduction from those stipulations via migrating to city facilities. Many others, despite the fact that, endured to dwell in rural components. students of African American rural background within the South were involved basically with the event of blacks as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, fabric employees, and miners. much less consciousness 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 offers vital 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 stories, this awesome assortment offers a major assessment of the topic. students, scholars, and academics of African American, southern, agricultural, and rural historical past will locate this paintings precious.
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Leave the rural South and the region as a whole. In the 1940s, the southern black metropolitan population grew by only 29 percent, while the white urban population swelled by 50 percent. 21 Yet black migration from the nonmetropolitan South stood at a rate more than twice that of whites. Clearly, the attraction of jobs in the urban North and West pulled much harder on southern blacks than southern whites. The emphasis on urbanization pulling southerners out of the countryside helps place in context the demographic effects of the depression21.
In political discussions during and after Reconstruction, freedpeople consistently said they deserved southern land because their labor had made it valuable. 1 1. , Bearing Witness: Selections from African-American Autobiography in the Twentieth Century, 1–9; William L. Andrews, To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography; William L. , African-American Autobiography: A Collection of Criti- 27 28 TED OWNBY How did African American writers in the early twentieth century— the time when chances for owning land were declining—describe their own relationship to farm life, the land, and the rural community?
New York: The New American Library, 1969), 149, 155. 14. W. E. B. , 1940), 31. Work, Folklife, and Anti-Agrarianism 37 Du Bois wrote little about his time in rural Tennessee—twelve pages in The Souls of Black Folk and just a few paragraphs in Dusk of Dawn— but it seems to have affected him in powerful ways. He was saddened but not surprised by the poverty. ” But Du Bois was struck even more powerfully by something strong and beautiful he found among rural African Americans. He quickly found that, more than pitying rural, uneducated, poor people, he respected and perhaps more importantly loved them.
African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 by R. Douglas Hurt