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Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement

Monica M. White


In the late 1960s, 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 ... More

Keywords: agricultural cooperatives, agricultural history, Black/African American farmers, civil rights movement, Black Freedom Movement, food justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643694
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643694.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica M. White, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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