Making clear the relationship between the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty, this history of rural organizing shows how responses to labor displacement in the South shaped the experiences of other Americans who were affected by mass layoffs in the late twentieth century, shedding light on a debate that continues to reverberate today.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
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With an impressive breadth of research, You Can't Eat Freedom takes us inside communities fighting for civil rights after 1965, looking beyond the much studied earlier period to show us how these ongoing racial struggles were contested on the ground. This book does not shy away from highlighting the prevalence of black poverty after 1965, avoiding the temptation to find silver linings in what is quite a sobering--even bleak--story. This is a nice corrective to the triumphal nature of some civil rights historiography.--Timothy J. Minchin, coauthor of After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965