How Did the Plantation System Shape Labor and Race Relations through the 1950s?

Here are two videos that explore the Ante-Bellum plantation system, and attempt to make connections with the labor system and race relations in the 1950s American South. [hat tip to Kevin Levin, at his blog "Civil War Memory,"] I think that they effectively make the point that the plantation system and Ante-Bellum race relations in the South shaped labor patterns and race relations throughout the post Civil War period, not only in the South but probably throughout the nation, and understanding this, will help us understand the Civil Rights Movement, particularly the resistance it faced in the Southern states. For anyone not familiar with it, you should watch the great documentary “Eyes on the Prize.”

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About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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