Mean Things Happening in this Land

Mean Things Happening in this Land

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A rare firsthand chronicle of one of the most racially progressive unions in twentieth-century America When, during the Great Depression, tenant farmers and sharecroppers were pushed off the land they had worked but never owned, many sought power in numbers by organizing unions. In 1934, seven black men and eleven white men organized the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Socialist Harry Leland Mitchell was one of those men. Mean Things Happening in This Land is his autobiographical account of SFTU strugglesa€”against poverty, New Deal agencies, communists, and above all, the southern planter classa€”to achieve economic justice in the cotton fields. In addition to its original foreword, by renowned socialist intellectual Michael Harrington, this edition contains a new preface by Samuel Mitchell and the authora€™s posthumous corrections and additions.Our group rented an auto from Hertz and, accompanied by a guide who really was a sugar plantation worker, we went on our ... The following fall, in 1954, de Ruijter persuaded the Dutch Labor Party government to assign H. L. Mitchell for sixanbsp;...

Title:Mean Things Happening in this Land
Author:H. L. Mitchell
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 2014-10-22


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