The Bone and Sinew of the Land

  • Type: Books
  • By: Anna Lisa Cox
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781610398107
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When the Midwest was the West, black families farmed and prospered

In Anna Lisa Cox's remarkably readable history, we meet the black farming families who claimed land the Midwest, including Michigan, prospering from its rich soil and lack of social conventions. From all over the country, free-born, emancipated, or runaway, African Americans founded communities where they could live in relative peace and safety. These histories have largely been erased in the aftermath of the racist purges of the Jim Crow era, which extended far into the north, and seem revelatory today.