qualify; in a country where food stamps are sold, a welfare family may
be too poor to buy the stamps.
But in the late "60s, poor, rural black people are in danger
of becoming expendable. If they are farmers, mechanization, the use
of chemicals instead of hoes, retaliatory measures aimed at stopping
an increase in black voting strength, discrimination from federal
agencies, all these forces combined to see he didn't stay a farmer
In 1964, only 7,000 black farmers in this country earned more
than $2,500. In 1968, that figure had become smaller.
The non-farming rural black man suffered even more. If he
was a farm worker who worked someone else's land, he found the land
no longer needed his labor. Government programs conspired against him.
For instance, in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 340 large landowners
were paid $6 million dollars for not planting cotton; the poor black
farm worker was paid with an eviction notice.
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