and Literature 2017
Lemann, The Promised Land (1991) Clarksdale (pp1-58)
The Mechanical Cotton Picker
(3-7) October 1944
was the invention of the mechanical cotton picker truly historic?
the real work a cotton picker did:
Family History (8-9)
- Why is the Delta the richest natural cotton farming land in America?
- Why was it the last land in the South to be settled and cultivated?
- When did the cotton industry peak in the South?
Institution of Segregation (1875-90)
- What is the racist myth about the origin of sharecropping?
- What happened to the idea of 'forty acres and a mule'?
- What were the real origins of sharecropping?
- When did the great Depression come to the Mississippi Delta?
Lure of Job-Rich Chicago (16)
- Compare the amount of money that could be made in Chicago with the top wages Ruby made as a sharecropper.
did the owners cheat the sharecroppers who worked the land. (Describe
the furnish, seed money, taking up, interest rates and the settle.)
- What psychological impact did sharecropping have on black families?
Story from 1916-1938 (21-24)
Ruby's childhood, teenage and early adult years.
Attitudes about Sharecroppers (24-28)
did whites explain the chaotic nature of the sharecropper family?
were sexual taboos essential to maintaining the economic system of
Studies of the Sharecropper Family (28-32)
- What conclusions about family life among sharecroppers did Northern intellectuals make?
S. Johnson (1934):
- Articulate Lemann's thesis.
6. Ruby's Clarksdale Family Disintegrates (1938-44) (pp. 32-40)
How do Ruby's attitudes towards marriage confirm Lemann's thesis (surprise?)
How did black people like Ruby cope with the humiliations and violence of segregation? (pp. 34-36)
What was the attitude of black middle class towards poor blacks? (pp. 37-38)
What was Ruby’s situation in Clarksdale when she had her first two children?
What happened to her twin sister Ruth when she moved to Chicago?
Why does Ruby start thinking seriously of moving to Chicago?
7. To Move to Chicago? (pp. 40-46)
8. White Efforts to Block Emigration End (1940-46) (pp. 47-52)
9. Ruby Moves to Chicago (1946) (pp. 52-53)
10. Uless Carter Moves to Chicago (1942) (pp. 53-58)
- What made Uless Carter give up on sharecropping and move to Chicago?