Tenants of the Almighty

Tenants of the Almighty

Tenants of the Almighty

Tenants of the Almighty

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Here is our third study of Greene county, Georgia. The first was made in 1927 and 1928, and can be found among the 1931 Ph. D. dissertations at the University of North Carolina. It was called A Study of Two Black-Belt Counties. The report dealt with living conditions in Greene and Macon counties, Georgia; it showed why so many farmers had left Greene, why almost none had left Macon.

The second study was made in 1934 and 1935. It was published the following year by the University of North Carolina Press, under the title Preface to Peasantry. It presented a summary of the earlier study, and showed how the New Deal was affecting the people on the farms and in the towns of these two counties.

The third study was begun in September of 1940. The plan was to take a ten-month's look at Greene's Unified Farm Program. Trying to understand why different people felt as they did about the Program, we decided to make a full study of what had happened to the people in the county over the years. Soon we were engrossed with the story of the Indians, white settlers, self-sufficient frontier farmers, slavery, war and reconstruction, wage hands and sharecroppers, time- merchants and Populists, "weevil-free" land and boom times, boll weevil and deflation, hard years, and then the launching of the Unified Farm Program.

So for two years, rather than for ten months, we have lived and worked in Greene county. We saw, heard, and felt much as we read the grand jury presentments from 1786 down to the present, as we looked through the other old records of the county in the courthouse and in the Duke University Library, as we read the newspaper files in the Ordinary's Office and in the Rene Collection at the Universityof Georgia Library . . .

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