Mean Things Happening in This Land: The Life and Times of H.L. Mitchell, Co-Founder of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union

Mean Things Happening in This Land: The Life and Times of H.L. Mitchell, Co-Founder of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union

by H.L. Mitchell
     
 

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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

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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 struggles—against poverty, New Deal agencies, communists, and above all, the southern planter class—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 author’s posthumous corrections and additions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806139845
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

H. L. Mitchell (1906–89) was briefly a sharecropper in Tennessee before cofounding the STFU and becoming a labor organizer.

Samuel Mitchell, son of the author and former Professor of Education, University of Calgary, is the author of The Leader of Sharecroppers, Migrants, and Farm Workers: H. L. Mitchell and Friends.

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