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Preface to Peasantry : A Tale of Two Black Belt Counties - Arthur F. Raper

Preface to Peasantry

A Tale of Two Black Belt Counties

By: Arthur F. Raper, Louis Mazzari (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9781570036033
Number Of Pages: 448

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A social scientist and public intellectual, Arthur Raper (1899-1979) was a white southerner who advocated unpopular liberal solutions to combat the shortcoming of southern race relations. Originally published in 1936, Preface to Peasantry confirmed Raper's inclusion in the Chapel Hill southern Regionalist movement of the 1930s and '40s and his evocation of New Deal federal planning in the creation of social policy. The result of a seven-year investigation into social problems stemming from African American emigration from the rural south and the resulting turnover in farm tenancy, Raper's work focuses on the agricultural depression of Greene County, Georgia, bereft of departing black sharecroppers, and the contrasting economic stability of Macon County, Georgia, were the population had gone without significant upheaval. Adroitly juxtaposing themes of history and sociology, Preface to Peasantry is a text both descriptive of a broad phenomenon and prescriptive of policymaking to address the destruction of rural American life. The edition features a new introduction from Louis Mazzari to contextualize Raper's life and work and document the reception of Preface to Peasantry.

New introduction
Planters and tenantsp. 3
Greene and Macon countiesp. 10
Incomes and expendituresp. 33
Housing and householdsp. 59
Livestock, farm implements and vehiclesp. 76
White landownershipp. 91
The Negro becomes a landownerp. 110
Farm tenants and wage handsp. 143
Landlord-tenant relationsp. 157
Population and plantationp. 183
Causes and consequences of the exodusp. 201
State and federal assistance for farm and homep. 225
The New Deal in industry and agriculturep. 237
The relief programp. 254
General or biracial institutionsp. 275
White and Negro schoolsp. 300
Schools - especially for Negroesp. 324
Churches - White and Negrop. 350
Lodges, Negro leadership, hotelsp. 373
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ISBN: 9781570036033
ISBN-10: 1570036039
Series: Southern Classics Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.7