By R. Douglas Hurt
During the 1st half the 20th century, degradation, poverty, and hopelessness have been typical for African american citizens who lived within the South’s geographical region, both on farms or in rural groups. Many southern blacks sought aid from those stipulations by means of migrating to city facilities. Many others, even if, endured to stay in rural parts. students of African American rural background within the South were involved essentially with the adventure of blacks as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, fabric staff, and miners. much less consciousness has been given to different elements of the agricultural African American adventure throughout the early 20th century. African American existence 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 rather emphasize the efforts of African american citizens to barter the white international within the southern countryside. Filling a void in southern experiences, this impressive assortment offers a important assessment of the topic. students, scholars, and academics of African American, southern, agricultural, and rural background will locate this paintings important.
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He even thought it was good training for students to live in crowded, unfinished housing—cleaner versions of the cramped farm people’s housing he found so deplorable in his first trip to Alabama. 10 This was exactly what he found troubling among poor farm folk in rural Alabama, but here it offered students important moral lessons. Booker T. Washington seems to have adopted the Promised Land idea that people are better off for suffering and surviving. But he saw the Promise not as a collective blessing of land for the Chosen People.
96. 12. W. E. B. , New York: Russell and Russell, 1962), 123, 369. 36 TED OWNBY When Du Bois wrote as a sociologist or historian, he described African Americans on southern farms from the tradition of northern abolitionists who traveled the South to argue that racial privilege damaged everyone. Rural Georgia was “the Land of the Unfenced, where crouch on either hand scores of ugly one-room cabins, cheerless and dirty. ” People lived in a slow and sluggish form of poverty. Du Bois continued in his neoabolitionist vein, describing Georgia as “a land of rapid contrasts and of curiously mingled hope and pain,” where a past of slavery too often led to agricultural labor as a new form of enslavement.
Washington thought students at Tuskegee Institute needed to relive many of the experiences of the poorest rural people starting farms and homes. It was important for them to have experienced the most grinding forms of labor in order to move on to something else. This was a crucial point for Washington, as he struggled to convince Tuskegee students that manual labor taught them the discipline necessary to develop their own abilities. He even thought it was good training for students to live in crowded, unfinished housing—cleaner versions of the cramped farm people’s housing he found so deplorable in his first trip to Alabama.
African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 by R. Douglas Hurt