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The Star Creek Papers
     

The Star Creek Papers

by Adam Fairclough, Horace Mann Bond, Julia W. Bond, Julian Bond
 

ISBN-10: 082031904X

ISBN-13: 9780820319049

Pub. Date: 07/01/1997

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

The Star Creek Papers is the never-before-published account of the complex realities of race relations in the rural South in the 1930s.

When Horace and Julia Bond moved to Louisiana in 1934, they entered a world where the legacy of slavery was miscegenation, lingering paternalism, and deadly racism. The Bonds were a young, well-educated and idealistic

Overview

The Star Creek Papers is the never-before-published account of the complex realities of race relations in the rural South in the 1930s.

When Horace and Julia Bond moved to Louisiana in 1934, they entered a world where the legacy of slavery was miscegenation, lingering paternalism, and deadly racism. The Bonds were a young, well-educated and idealistic African American couple working for the Rosenwald Fund, a trust established by a northern philanthropist to build schools in rural areas. They were part of the "Explorer Project" sent to investigate the progress of the school in the Star Creek district of Washington Parish. Their report, which decried the teachers' lack of experience, the poor quality of the coursework, and the students' chronic absenteeism, was based on their private journal, "The Star Creek Diary," a shrewdly observed, sharply etched, and affectionate portrait of a rural black community.

Horace Bond was moved to write a second document, "Forty Acres and a Mule," a history of a black farming family, after Jerome Wilson was lynched in 1935. The Wilsons were thrifty landowners whom Bond knew and respected; he intended to turn their story into a book, but the chronicle remained unfinished at his death. These important primary documents were rediscovered by civil rights scholar Adam Fairclough, who edited them with Julia Bond's support.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820319049
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
Brown Thrasher Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword vii
Julian Bond
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xvii
Genealogical Charts xxxi

Portrait of Washington Parish 1
Star Creek Diary 17
The Lynching 75
Forty Acres and a Mule 85
Epilogue 131
Notes 137
Bibliography 151
Index 155

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