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You Can't Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice After the Civil Rights Movement

Greta de Jong


Two revolutions roiled the rural South after the mid-1960s: the political revolution wrought by the passage of civil rights legislation, and the ongoing economic revolution brought about by increasing agricultural mechanization. Political empowerment for black southerners coincided with the transformation of southern agriculture and the displacement of thousands of former sharecroppers from the land. Focusing on the plantation regions of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, Greta de Jong analyzes how social justice activists responded to mass unemployment by lobbying political leaders, initiat ... More

Keywords: Alabama, Civil rights, Labor displacement, Louisiana, Mississippi, Rural South, Social justice, Southerners, War on Poverty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469629308
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629308.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greta de Jong, author
University of Nevada, Reno