The civil rights struggle made great strides in many sectors of American society, but the movement did little to help Southern black farmers. The number of African-American farmers dropped by 93% between 1940 and 1974, predominately because they were forced from their land by discrimination, lack of information, and intimidation by the Department of Agriculture. Pete Daniel writes about this little-known chapter of American history in Dispossession: Discrimination Against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights.
Then, Christopher Buckley’s fictional novel They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? is about U.S.-China relations. In the book, a Washington lobbyist teams up with a neocon to turn the American public against the Chinese. Buckley will discuss the novel, and how you determine fact from fiction in our capitol city. [Broadcast Date: May 16, 2013]
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