NEW WORKING HISTORY EPISODE FOCUSES ON FREEDOM STRUGGLES IN THE POST-CIVIL RIGHTS RURAL SOUTH
SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Freedom Struggles in the Post-Civil Rights Rural South,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Professor Greta de Jong of the University of Nevada, Reno, who discusses her book, You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement, rural organizing, and the connected histories of the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty in the US South. The episode is hosted by Beth English, immediate past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.
Greta de Jong is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. her research focuses on the connections between race and class and the ways that African Americans have fought for economic as well as political rights from the end of Reconstruction through the twenty-first century. She is the author of three books, A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900–1970 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1965 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2016).
De Jong completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in New Zealand and worked as an editor for eighteen months before coming to the United States where she completed her Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. Initially planning to study diplomatic history, she switched to African American history after becoming inspired by the story of black people’s struggles for freedom and justice. She held a fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, and teaching positions at George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside before joining the UNR faculty in 2002.