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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

The American Black Farmer Movement: Success or Failure Amid Continual Decline.
Johnson, Cassius O.
REPORT 2002 J62 Public Affairs Library.

The agriculture sector held a great deal of promise for freed slaves after the Civil War. In the initial years a corrupt system of sharecropping escorted them into the sector. In spite of this since 1921, there has been a 91% decline in the number of black farmers. This report looks at this decline and focuses on the black farmer movement that began in the early 1980s. This movement recently resulted in the settlement of the black farmers lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman. But has the movement truly been a success? What is the future of black farmers given the larger issues hovering over rural blacks and small farmers? This report entertains these questions, plus more, and makes recommendations to the black farmer organizations on how to proceed after Pigford v. Glickman.