By R. Douglas Hurt
During the 1st half the 20 th century, degradation, poverty, and hopelessness have been general for African americans who lived within the South’s nation-state, both on farms or in rural groups. Many southern blacks sought reduction from those stipulations by way of migrating to city facilities. Many others, despite the fact that, persisted to reside in rural components. students of African American rural heritage within the South were involved basically with the event of blacks as sharecroppers, tenant farmers, cloth employees, and miners. much less cognizance has been given to different features of the agricultural African American event in the course of 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 quite 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 noticeable evaluate of the topic. students, scholars, and lecturers of African American, southern, agricultural, and rural heritage will locate this paintings priceless.
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0” [Computer File] (Minneapolis: Historical Census Projects, University of Minnesota, 1997). 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 second was what seemed to Washington the obvious ignorance of simply voting opposite of how whites vote. 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.
20 19. Wright, Old South, New South, 7–8, 200–207, 238. 20. Don H. Doyle, New Men, New Cities, New South: Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Mobile, 1860–1910 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), 3– 7, 76 –79. The definition of a metropolitan area used here is the same as the 1950 census definition of a “Standard Metropolitan Area,” which is “a county or group of contiguous counties which contained at least one city of 50,000ϩ residents. To be part of an SMA, a county either had to contain the 50,000ϩ city, or had to be 22 LOUIS M.
African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 by R. Douglas Hurt