American Congo by Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta

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This is the story of how rural black people struggled against the oppressive sharecropping system of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta during the first half of the twentieth century. Delta planters, aided by local law enforcement, engaged in peonage, murder, theft, and disfranchisement. As individuals and through collective struggle, black men and women fought back, demanding a just return for their crops and laying claim to a democratic vision of citizenship. Nan Woodruff shows how the freedom fighters of the 1960s would draw on this half-century tradition of protest, thus expanding our standard notions of the civil rights movement and illuminating a neglected but significant slice of the American black experience.

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Nan Elizabeth Woodruff is Associate Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University.
Published June 30, 2009 by Harvard University Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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