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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

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(p.173) Conclusion: Feeling Shame
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Labor Pains
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Christin Marie Taylor

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496821775.003.0006

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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