Southern Seed, Northern Soil: African-American Farm Communities in the Midwest, 1765-1900 pdf epub fb2

Southern Seed, Northern Soil: African-American Farm Communities in the Midwest, 1765-1900 by Stephen A Vincent epub fb2 djvu

Author: Stephen A Vincent
Title: Southern Seed, Northern Soil: African-American Farm Communities in the Midwest, 1765-1900
ISBN: 0253335779
ISBN13: 978-0253335777
Other Formats: lrf docx mobi doc
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2000)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1400 kb
Size FB2 version: 1463 kb
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

Southern Seed, Northern Soil captures the exceptional history of the Beech and Roberts settlements, two African-American and mixed-race farming communities on the Indiana frontier in the 1830s. Stephen Vincent analyzes the founders' backgrounds as a distinctive free people of color from the Old South. He traces the migration that culminated in the founding of the two communities. He follows the settlements' transformations through the pioneer and Civil War eras, and their gradual transition to commercial farming in the late 19th century. The Beech and Roberts story is at once part of and distinct from mainstream African-American history. Like other black Americans, the residents of these two communities had to straggle constantly to achieve freedom, autonomy, and economic well-being, yet they were able to defy the odds and thrive over several generations. Building on their advantages as late-18th-century landowners, they took root on the frontier and ultimately paved the way for their descendants' climb into the urban middle class.

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