What People Are Saying About Freedom Farmers...
A refreshing and potentially paradigm-shifting study, combining narrative and an interdisciplinary methodology that draws on archival research and ethnography. It moves the African American agrarian experience into the twentieth century, reconceptualizing it, not just as an experience of oppression, but as a strategic approach to black liberation.
— Sundiata Cha-Jua, University of Illinois
Meticulously researched, trenchantly analyzed, and engagingly written, this book brings to life the culture, the theorists, the scientists, the farmers, and the organizers that have kept agriculture at the center of African American emancipation, civil rights, and present-day movements for human rights and self-determination. From a rising activist-scholar, a visionary book of remembrance and hope.
— Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First
“Through their knowledge of African crops & their agricultural prowess, enslaved Africans supported the development of cash crops & commodities such as sugar, coffee, chocolate, & rice, as well as subsistence crops” (Freedom Farmers – Monica M. White) #Blktwitterstorians
Here are some ideas for how to do that:
1. Educate yourself about racism in agriculture.
There are several excellent books on the subject – we recommend Farming While Black by Leah Penniman, Freedom Farmers by Monica White, and Dispossession by Pete Daniel.