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Trouble in Goshen: Plain Folk, Roosevelt, Jesus, and Marx in the Great Depression South

Fred C. Smith


The poor have always been with us. In the rural American South, the “bottom half” languished on the edge of survival since Reconstruction. When the Great Depression hit, their plight worsened. The New Deal – and the nation – responded with a radical and innovative solution. Model communities were created to help the rural poor, if not to attain full middle-class status, at least to escape peasantry. These communities, which I have dubbed “American Goshens,” would provide adequate nourishment, shelter, and financing plans for the working poor Remarkably, these 200-plus “Goshens,” such as the T ... More

Keywords: Plain folk, Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union, Class, New Deal, Great Depression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781617039560
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred C. Smith, author