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Labor PainsNew Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South$
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Christin Marie Taylor

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496821775

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496821775.001.0001

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Conclusion: Feeling Shame

Conclusion: Feeling Shame

Black Southern Workers and Popular Culture

(p.173) Conclusion: Feeling Shame
Labor Pains

Christin Marie Taylor

University Press of Mississippi

The “laws of King Cotton,” wrote Richard Wright in the midst of the Popular Front–era, “rule our lives” (38). True to a materialist motif, 12 Million Black Voices told the story (in picture and in prose) of the lives of a black working folk. “Black lives matter” was essentially the argument Wright made more than a half a century before the phrase was popularized by a hashtag. But the pervasive focus on materialism set poor black experiences apart from mainstream American feeling even though Wright attempted to render visible the depths of black humanity....

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