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Memory and the Meaning of Change

MELISSA WALKER

in Southern Farmers and Their Stories

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124094
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.003.0005
Memory and the Meaning of Change

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This chapter examines local people's interpretation of the meaning of rural transformation in the American South. The pre-war generation of white landless and landowning farmers frequently saw rural transformation as the source of new choices and new opportunities for better lives often found off the farm. African American farmers, on the other hand, considered the agricultural transformation as another example of a process that disadvantaged black farmers.

Keywords: rural transformation; white farmers; African American farmers; American South; agricultural transformation

Chapter.  15081 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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