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Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (Justice, Power, and Politics) Hardcover – Illustrated, January 14, 2019

4.7 out of 5 stars 33 ratings
Part of: Justice, Power, and Politics (40 Books)

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Writing consciously with an eye on the uses of the past for understanding the present and influencing the future, White recovers the lost stories of black activists who worked to ensure access to adequate and nutritious food for low-income communities, promoted alternatives to capitalist economic exploitation, and demanded a voice in the decisions affecting their lives. Scholars of African American history, agricultural history, and urban history will find much value in this book.--Journal of Southern History

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Meticulously researched, trenchantly analyzed, and engagingly written, this book brings to life the culture, the theorists, the scientists, the farmers, and the organizers that have kept agriculture at the center of African American emancipation, civil rights, and present-day movements for human rights and self-determination. From a rising activist-scholar, a visionary book of remembrance and hope.--Eric Holt-Gimenez, executive director of Food First



A refreshing and potentially paradigm-shifting study, combining narrative and an interdisciplinary methodology that draws on archival research and ethnography. It moves the African American agrarian experience into the twentieth century, reconceptualizing it, not just as an experience of oppression, but as a strategic approach to black liberation.--Sundiata Cha-Jua, University of Illinois



Freedom Farmers is an incredible love letter helping Black people return to and reclaim our true agrarian, radical, collective selves. Through this important book, Dr. White brilliantly disrupts the disempowering narrative that Black communities have a painful relationship with farming and land. While Black people have suffered tremendously via exploited labor and the violence of slavery in this country, that is not the summation of our history with land. Dr. White documents important historical lessons for us and shows us what we've known and at times forgotten--that the land both heals and frees us. This book is an urgent reminder and an absolute must read for all of us.--Dara Cooper, National Black Food and Justice Alliance


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  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Hardcover : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1469643693
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1469643694
  • Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : University of North Carolina Press; Illustrated Edition (January 14, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 33 ratings