New Working History Episode Focuses on Small Farmers in the Post-Civil War South

Adrienne-headshot-2SLSA’s latest Working History podcast, “Southern Small Farmers Standing Their Ground,” is available for listening on iTunes and SoundCloud. The episode features Professor Adrienne Petty, SLSA Executive Board member and Associate Professor of History at the City College of New York. Petty discusses her book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War, the black and white farmers in the South who were part of the “small farming class,” and their evolving strategies for holding onto their land through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The episode is hosted by Beth English, immediate past president of the Southern Labor Studies Association.

Adrienne Petty specializes in the social history of the United States, particularly the American South. The recipient of fellowships from the Schomburg Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the Ford Foundation, she has presented her work at meetings of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Oral History Association, and the Agricultural History Society. She is the author of Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013), and “The Jim Crow Section of Agricultural History,” in Debra A Reid and Evan Bennett, eds., Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families Since Reconstruction (University Press of Florida, 2012).

Petty is currently co-directing an oral history project, Breaking New Ground: A History of African American Farm Owners in the South, along with Professor Mark Schultz of Lewis University. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project will yield hundreds of interviews that will become part of the Southern Oral History Collection at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Professors Petty and Schultz are at work on a book that draws upon the interviews and archival sources.

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