For the fourth and final week of Black History Month 2017, Mark’s Text Terminal offers this reading on sharecropping, which represents at best a particularly ugly moment in the economic history of the United States, and at worst (toward which I tend), slavery by another name. You’ll probably find this comprehension sheet to accompany it useful. This is probably more a social studies assignment than anything else. As I understand Black History Month, to some extent, as a celebration, I post this work with some circumspection. It is, after all, a story of the ongoing oppression of Americans of African descent, even after their ostensible emancipation from slavery.
In life, however, one takes the bad with the good. This is history that requires repeating, especially in these grim days when we in the United States have just elevated to the office of Attorney General a man known for racist remarks and for singing the praises of the Ku Klux Klan.
If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.