Preface to Peasantry: A Tale of Two Black Belt Counties

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Juli 2005



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.


(Deceased.) Also author of The Tragedy of Lynching (1933), Sharecroppers All (1941), Tenants of the Almighty (1943). Mazzari: (Manchester, NH) Instructor of history, Univ of New Hampshire at Manchester. Author of the forthcoming Arthur Raper: A Modern Realist in the New Deal South.

EAN: 9781570036033
ISBN: 1570036039
Untertitel: 'Southern Classics'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2005
Seitenanzahl: 518 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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