Homecoming: The Story of African-American Farmers

Homecoming: The Story of African-American Farmers

by Quinn Eli, Charlene Gilbert Professor of Film
     
 

An illustrated history of African-American farmers, Homecoming is a requiem for a way of life that has almost disappeared.

Based on the film Homecoming, produced for the Independent Television Service with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The videocassette of Homecoming is available from California Newsreel at

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An illustrated history of African-American farmers, Homecoming is a requiem for a way of life that has almost disappeared.

Based on the film Homecoming, produced for the Independent Television Service with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The videocassette of Homecoming is available from California Newsreel at www.newsreel.org.

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From the Publisher
Homecoming tells a distressing story but delivers an uplifting message. —Jim Hightower

"Revisiting the unbearable hardships encountered by my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents as they sought to survive the inhuman sharecropping system of the post-Civil War South-a system in many ways more brutal than slavery-my heart breaks again. But reading Homecoming's account of our ancestors' determined humility, obdurate courage, and fierce pride in and love of the land, my heart is healed. I see why there is such a thing as ancestor worship. I could not love my sharecropping ancestors more if I had created them myself. That black Southerners still love nature and revere the earth is the legacy of a people whose innate elegance and dignity was always expressed in essentials." —Alice Walker

Library Journal
This book serves as a companion to author Gilbert's 1998 PBS documentary film of the same name, which she produced and directed. Coauthor Eli has edited two previous books about African Americans. Homecoming relates chronologically the history of black ownership and operation of farms in the southern United States following the Civil War up to present times. There is a particular emphasis on Gilbert's home state of Georgia. The story, one of determination, courage, and hard work, is overall not a happy one, as rural blacks more often than not had to deal with entrenched racism in addition to frequent economic hard times. The story moves smoothly from Reconstruction and its aftermath to World War I, the Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and relations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is not a detailed history, but Gilbert adds a personal touch by describing the farm lives of several of her ancestors. Thirty black-and-white photographs accompany the text. Homecoming will be of interest to general readers and is also a good choice for African American and rural history collections.--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807009635
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
01/06/2002
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Charlene Gilbert is an independent filmmaker and professor of film at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Quinn Eli teaches English and creative writing at the Community College of Philadelphia and is a columnist for the Philadelphia Weekly.

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