Planting Hope on Worn-out Land: The History of the Tuskegee Land Utilization Project : Macon County, Alabama, 1935-1959

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NewSouth Books, Jan 1, 2008 - History - 152 pages
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The Tuskegee Land Utilization Project is an important part of Macon County's past in the Black Belt of Alabama. African-American sharecroppers and tenant farmers were barely surviving in the poorest of conditions on land so worn out, it could no longer support subsistence farming. This book tells the story of how the land was rehabilitated and became the Tuskegee National Forest, and about the four hundred families who were relocated to the small community of Prairie Farms by the Resettlement Administration.
 

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Contents

PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
9
INTRODUCTION
13
TENANT FARMING AND THE BIG HUNGRY
17
THE RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION
23
A PLANNED LAND USE DEMONSTRATION
31
THE TUSKEGEE PROJECT AREA
36
THE TUSKEGEE PROJECT 19351938
40
THE PRAIRIE FARMS RESETTLEMENT PROJECT
62
EAST ALABAMA SCS LEASE 19491959
101
NATIONAL FOREST NOVEMBER 1959
111
DISCUSSION OF SUCCESS AND FAILURE
115
INTERVIEWS
127
GLOSSARY
136
BIBLIOGRAPHY
139
INDEX
145
Copyright

SCS SUPERVISION 19391949
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About the author (2008)

ROBERT G. PASQUILL, JR. is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 with a BA in anthropology. He joined the United States Forest Service in 1981 as an archeologist, working on the Sumter and Francis Marion National Forests in South Carolina before coming to the National Forests in Alabama in 1986. He is currently the Heritage Program Manager (Forest Archeologist and Historian) for the National Forests in Alabama. His other books include Battery Warren and the Santee Light Artillery and The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, A Great and Lasting Good.

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