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Mitchell to Members of Executive Council of the STFU, memorandum, 7 March 1941, 1, reel 18, STFU Papers; "Farm Bureau Advocates Abolition of Tenant Program," Tenant Farmer, 15 July 1941, 1, file "Southern Tenant Farmers' Union 1940-1941," box 527, series A, part 3, NAACP-LC Papers; H.
This account of the social organization of labor has profound implications for understanding the character of the STFU as a rural social movement able to mobilize an interracial constituency.
Moreover, given the density of her locally based research, it comes as a surprise that Whayne does little to identify STFU members or to correlate membership with economic status.
Unable to check this transformation, by this measure the STFU proved a dismal failure, as "tenants and sharecroppers had no place on the neoplantations that emerged in the postwar period.
Exceptionally well-documented on 60 reels of microfilmed papers, the full social, cultural, and racial history of the STFU still remains a fertile field for scholars of the twentieth-century rural South.
The story of the 1919 massacre and the story of the STFU have been studied before in isolation, but each was only a single episode in a larger history of black organization, resistance, and repression in central east Arkansas during the post-emancipation period.
Several scholars who have studied the origins of the STFU have commented that it seems odd that the STFU was born in the tiny town of Tyronza, Arkansas, which is so small that one can barely find it on a modern road map.
Thus the key to understanding the history of black agricultural movements in the post-emancipation South lies in understanding the history of individual communities like the one that fed into the STFU.
Many of the original members of the STFU had either lived in or had some connection to this area.
This group of activists included future STFU leaders Ike Shaw and the Reverend C.
The black men who helped found the STFU were willing to face the consequences of such violence, only this time they would have white brethren standing beside them.
Between 1934 and 1938, membership in the STFU rose to a peak of over 35,000, the majority in Arkansas.
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