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Southern Farmers and Their StoriesMemory and Meaning in Oral History$
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Melissa Walker

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124094

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124094.001.0001

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Memory and the Meaning of Change

Memory and the Meaning of Change

(p.139) Chapter Four Memory and the Meaning of Change
Southern Farmers and Their Stories


University Press of Kentucky

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

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