Includes bibliographical references (pages -437) and index.
Pt. I. The Cotton Plantation Landscape, 1865 to 1970. 1. Overview of the Southern Plantation. 2. From Old South to New South Plantation. 3. The Demise of the Plantation. 4. Mechanization of the Plantation. 5. The World of Plantation Blacks -- Pt. II. The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954 to 1998. 6. Mobilization. 7. Confrontation. 8. The War on Poverty. 9. School Desegregation -- Pt. III. The Cotton Plantation Regions in the Modern South. 10. The Right to Vote - An Illusive Black Power. 11. New Settlement Patterns. 12. Quest for a Nonagrarian Economy. 13. Epilogue.
Charles Aiken traces the development of the Southern cotton plantation since the Civil War - from the emergence of tenancy after 1865, through its decline during the Depression, to the post-World War II development of the large industrial farm. Aiken also describes the evolving relationship of African Americans to the cotton plantation during the thirteen decades of economic, social, and political changes from Reconstruction through the War on Poverty - including the impact of alterations in plantation agriculture on the mass migration of Southern blacks to the urban North during the twentieth century.