By Charlene Gilbert
A photographic essay which deals a outstanding and relocating tribute to African-American farmers. this is often the significant other publication to Gilbert's PBS documentary, HOMECOMING.
Homecoming strains the historical past of black farmers from Reconstruction to the current, as they try to outlive this day. Homecoming will pay tribute not just to the devastating losses they've got suffered during the century, but in addition to the legacy of wish that endures within the tale of African-Americans operating the land.
"Revisiting the insufferable hardships encountered by means of my great-grandparents, grandparents, and oldsters as they sought to outlive the inhuman sharecropping procedure of the post-Civil battle South—a process in lots of methods extra brutal than slavery—my center breaks back. yet interpreting Homecoming's account of our ancestors' made up our minds humility, stubborn braveness, and fierce delight in and love of the land, my middle is healed. I see why there's any such factor as ancestor worship. i couldn't love my sharecropping ancestors extra if I had created them myself. That black Southerners nonetheless love nature and revere the earth is the legacy of a humans whose innate attractiveness and dignity was once consistently expressed in essentials." —Alice Walker
"An notable reward. . . . A relocating, lyrical, and significant historical past: a story of land, hard work, love, and loss." —Farah Jasmine Griffin
"Moving, hugely informative, and valuable." —Barbara Neely, writer of Blanche Cleans Up
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