BA in History, University of Arkansas, 2014
MA in History, University of Arkansas, 2017
"Land Retention Amongst African-American Farmers in the U.S. South"
African slaves were brought to this country overwhelmingly to work on farms. After emancipation, agriculture was the primary occupation entered into by ex-slaves. However, land owned by African-American farmers throughout the country is disproportionate to their presence in the agricultural industry. The question I seek to answer is why decades of agricultural work has not resulted in sustained landownership for black farmers, particularly in the United States South.
I am interested in analyzing the ways African-American landowning farmers in the U.S. South were disparately affected by New Deal agricultural legislation and the growth of agribusiness, as well as how racial discrimination within programs designed to assist farmers actually resulted in African-American farmers either losing land or remaining stagnant in their operational growth. In its current stage, my research spans the Great Depression to the Pigford lawsuits of the 1990s. My approach to these problems incorporates some oral history and a close look at the records of agricultural regulatory and aid agencies.