"Building Up a Country of Their Own": Garveyism and the African American Search for Rural Independence, 1920-1929

Roll, Jarod H (2006) "Building Up a Country of Their Own": Garveyism and the African American Search for Rural Independence, 1920-1929. In: Race in Rural America, Saturday, February 25, 2006, 11:00am-3:00pm, Scholl Center for American History and Culture, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL..

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Abstract

Why was Marcus Garvey's black nationalism at the center of the civic lives of the thousands of African American farmers who moved into southeast Missouri's new cotton lands in the 1920s? This chapter examines the appeal of Garveyism among the relatively successful black male landowners and renters who led the migration to Missouri. I argue that Garveyism situated their search for agrarian independence within a radical movement for the liberation of the race and, at the same time, provided a top-down model of economic advancement that reinforced their paternalistic control of the social and work hierarchies within their communities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Seminar Presentation
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > American Studies
Depositing User: Jarod Roll
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:56
Last Modified: 30 May 2012 09:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18966
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