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Published: 03 October 2013

296 Pages


ISBN: 9780199938520

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Standing Their Ground

Small Farmers in North Carolina since the Civil War

Adrienne Monteith Petty

  • Analyzes black and white small farm owners as a single class, challenging the tendency to let ideology of race interfere with our understanding of the past. While racism did shape white farmers self-perception of class, racism and antidemocratic structure of Jim Crow society affected all southern farmers.
  • The book joins a number of recent studies in focusing on small farm owners in the South.
  • The book offers one of the first analyses of the farm provisions of the GI Bill.
  • While most studies of southern agriculture and society focus on either the 19th or 20th century, this study bridges the divide between the two, revealing that the southern yeomanry did not trail off with the defeat of the Populist insurgency of the late nineteenth century.