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PW-269094-20
African American Cooperatives and Land Ownership in the South: Increasing Access to the Records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
Laura Thomson, Amistad Research Center

Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=PW-269094-20

Amistad Awarded NEH Grant to Organize Collections on Black Agriculture, Cooperatives and Land Ownership (Blog Post)
Title: Amistad Awarded NEH Grant to Organize Collections on Black Agriculture, Cooperatives and Land Ownership
Author: Jasmaine Talley
Abstract: The Amistad Research Center is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded funding assistance of $302,217 to complete archival processing and preservation for the records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) and the Emergency Land Fund (ELF).
Date: 04/07/2020
Primary URL: https://www.amistadresearchcenter.org/single-post/amistad-awarded-neh-grant-to-organize-collections-on-black-agriculture-cooperatives-and-land-owners
Primary URL Description: Amistad Research Center Blog
Website: Amistad Research Center

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Rural Training and Research Center (RTRC) (Blog Post)
Title: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Rural Training and Research Center (RTRC)
Author: Courtney Tutt
Abstract: Formed out of the civil rights movement, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives was established in 1967 to create community-based economic development opportunities throughout the rural South for black farmers and rural communities. As the organization grew from a tiny office in Atlanta so did their vision for the future. Member cooperatives voiced a great need for practical vocational training and the FSC decided to build a training center to meet these demands.
Date: 02/5/2021
Primary URL: https://www.amistadresearchcenter.org/single-post/federation-southern-cooperatives-training-research-rtrc
Primary URL Description: Amistad Research Center Blog
Blog Title: Amistad Research Center Blog
Website: Amistad Research Center

Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Fight against Black Land Loss: A Look to the Past in Hope for the Future (Blog Post)
Title: Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Fight against Black Land Loss: A Look to the Past in Hope for the Future
Author: Amanda Lima
Abstract: For the past 53 years, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund has dedicated their time and effort to serving disadvantaged Black farmers, land owners and cooperatives. It is no secret that since 1920 Black farmers have faced incredible pressures politically, socially and environmentally, forcing a decline of Black farmland ownership. In 1989 in “The Minority Farmer: A Disappearing American Resource,” a report issued by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Governmental Operations, it was feared that “minority operated farmers [were on] the verge of extinction.” A 1982 Civil Rights Commission report noted that “...unless government policy is changed, there will be virtually no black farm operators by the year 2000.” Black-owned land still exists in the year 2021, but the pressures to limit Black land ownership remain.
Date: 03/15/2021
Primary URL: https://www.amistadresearchcenter.org/single-post/federation-southern-cooperatives
Primary URL Description: Amistad Research Center Blog
Secondary URL: http://www.amistadresearchcenter.org
Secondary URL Description: Amistad Research Center Home Page
Website: Amistad Research Center

How the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Used Films About Water Management to Inspire Action (Blog Post)
Title: How the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Used Films About Water Management to Inspire Action
Author: Brenda Flora
Abstract: Water is something that is on our minds often here in South Louisiana. How will it be managed? How can it be moved to a more convenient place? And during those times when it is simply uncontrollable, how can its damage be mitigated? To the farmers of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC), water is a way of life. It is life-giving to their crops and vital to their shipping, but too much can be a destructive force with the potential to wipe out their livelihoods. The manipulation of water is one of the keys to agriculture and an advanced society, and education surrounding that subject appears as an organizational priority within the records of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, highlighted within the collection’s moving image materials.
Date: 04/12/2021
Primary URL: https://www.amistadresearchcenter.org/single-post/federation-of-southern-cooperatives-films-water-management
Primary URL Description: Amistad Research Center Blog
Secondary URL: http://www.amistadresearchcenter.org
Secondary URL Description: Amistad Research Center Home Page
Website: Amistad Research Center

The Myth of ‘Forty Acres and a Mule’: African American Land Ownership in the South and the Work of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Myth of ‘Forty Acres and a Mule’: African American Land Ownership in the South and the Work of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Emergency Land Fund
Author: Courtney Tutt
Abstract: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is the largest and oldest Black-led cooperative organization that focuses on preventing Black land loss and building cooperatively-owned businesses. For over fifty years, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund has provided education and technical assistance to thousands of rural farmers across the South. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) and Emergency Land Fund (ELF) are two records collections being processed at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The project is supported by an NEH grant to fund a processing project that spans over three years. These records represent some of the largest sets of organizational records documenting the Southern cooperative movement and Black land ownership. The FSC/LAF was founded in 1967 by twenty-two rural cooperatives and credit unions in the South, while ELF was formed five years later following a study, entitled, Only Six Million Acres: The Decline of Black-Owned Land in the Rural South, by economist Robert S. Browne. This paper highlights the history of Black agricultural cooperatives and the role of the FSC/LAF and ELF to address the systemic decline in land ownership by African Americans through the extensive documentation provided in these two historic records collections.
Date: 06/06/2021


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