A historical documentary about a dramatic 1939 roadside protest by Missouri Bootheel sharecroppers–black and white–and the repercussions it had in politics and in their lives.
Directed and Edited: by
Web site Design:
Western Historical Manuscript Collection,
University of Missouri-St. Louis and
Photographs of Arthur Rothstein and Russell Lee from the Library of Congress
TOPICS OF INTEREST TO STUDENTS:
Sharecroppers · Great Migration · Mechanization of Agriculture · Race Relations · New Deal · Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union · Unionization · Protest Music
Cantor, Louis. A Prologue to the Protest Movement: The Missouri Sharecropper Roadside Demonstration of 1939. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1969.
Greene, Lorenzo J. “Lincoln University’s Involvement with the Sharecropper Demonstration in Southeast Missouri, 1939-1940.” Missouri Historical Review, October 1987.
Greene, Lorenzo J., Gary R. Kremer, and Antonio F. Holland. Missouri’s Black
Heritage. St. Louis: Forum Press, 1980.
Mitchell, H.L. Mean Things Happening in This Land. Montclair, New Jersey: Allanheld, Osmun & Co., 1979.
Snow, Thad. From Missouri. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1954.
Strickland, Arvarh E. “The Plight of the People in the Sharecroppers’ Demonstration in Southeast Missouri.” Missouri Historical Review, July 1987.
Oh Freedom After While is available in VHS video tape format from:
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