Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South

Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South

Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South

Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South

Synopsis

The long-awaited new book by the author of the bestselling All Our Kin is a poignant saga of a reverse exodus: the return of half a million black Americans to the rural South. There have been many books focusing on the black migration out of the South into Northern cities. But few people are aware that over the past 20 years the trend has been in the other direction, with African-Americans moving back south, to some of the least promising places in all of America- places the Department of Agriculture calls "Persistent Poverty Counties." Carol Stack brings their stories to life in this captivating book. Interweaving a powerful human story with a larger economic and social analysis of migration, poverty, and the urban underclass, Call to Home offers a rare glimpse of African-American families pulling together and trying to make it in today's America.

Excerpt

I first went south in June 1968, when I rode the Illinois Central as far as Jackson, Mississippi. the train stopped briefly in Memphis, in the dark, and then the club car I was sitting in suddenly filled with a silent, tearful crowd. Strangers hugged, and friends stared at one another in shock. the people coming on board had brought news of the shooting of Robert Kennedy.

I spent most of that summer in Mississippi, at the edge of the delta, about an hour north of Jackson, where I worked in one of the first rural Head Start programs. in July I heard . . .

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