We Are Each Other's Harvest : Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy
by Baszile, Natalie

The author of the novel Queen Sugar gathers together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations and first-person stories to examine black people's connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. 50,000 first printing. Illustrations.

*Starred Review* Connection to the land has been and is a foundational way that we humans relate to the world around us. In the U.S., this relationship, like all American history, is fraught and complicated, mostly due to colonization, enslavement, and a multitude of other injustices perpetrated by white settlers. Baszile (Queen Sugar, 2014) has curated this anthology of essays, photographs, conversations, poetry, and more to explore Black farmers' connections to the land in the U.S., from Emancipation to the present day. Contributors include farmers, historians, writers, and photographers, who bring a variety of perspectives on identity and the way it is interconnected with the land and history. With stunning color portraits and quotes from iconic writers, leaders, and others interspersed throughout, this well-researched collection is readable (while it requires sitting with some hard truths), informative, and inspiring. Black farming and farmers play a much more significant role in American culture than is typically represented, and this collection brings that information beautifully to the fore, as well as inviting readers to interrogate their own connections to the land and this history. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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