Book ID: CBB970559485

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (2019)


White, Monica M. (Author)
Redmond, LaDonna (Author)

The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 208
Language: English

In May 1967, internationally renowned activist Fannie Lou Hamer purchased forty acres of land in the Mississippi Delta, launching the Freedom Farms Cooperative (FFC). A community-based rural and economic development project, FFC would grow to over 600 acres, offering a means for local sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and domestic workers to pursue community wellness, self-reliance, and political resistance. Life on the cooperative farm presented an alternative to the second wave of northern migration by African Americans--an opportunity to stay in the South, live off the land, and create a healthy community based upon building an alternative food system as a cooperative and collective effort.Freedom Farmers expands the historical narrative of the black freedom struggle to embrace the work, roles, and contributions of southern black farmers and the organizations they formed. Whereas existing scholarship generally views agriculture as a site of oppression and exploitation of black people, this book reveals agriculture as a site of resistance and provides a historical foundation that adds meaning and context to current conversations around the resurgence of food justice/sovereignty movements in urban spaces like Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York City, and New Orleans.

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Review Cherisse Jones-Branch (2019) Review of "Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement". Agricultural History (pp. 556-558). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Olakanmi, Ololade
Savitt, Todd Lee
Hoover, Eddie
Washington, Harriet A.
Baker, Robert B.
Jacobs, Elizabeth A.
Agricultural History
Journal of the National Medical Association
Canadian Journal of History
Journal of American History
Environmental History
Social History of Medicine
University Press of Florida
University of Pennsylvania Press
Potomac Books
Rutgers University Press
University Press of Colorado
The University of North Carolina Press
African Americans
Civil rights
African Americans and science
Technology and race
Ferebee, Dorothy Boulding
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
United States
South Carolina (U.S.)
Florida (U.S.)
Western states (U.S.)
New Mexico (U.S.)
Colorado (U.S.)
American Red Cross
McDonald's Corporation

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