The Star Creek Papers

Edited by Adam Fairclough

Horace Mann Bond and Julia W. Bond

Foreword by Julian Bond

Title Details

Pages: 200

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 12/01/2011

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4083-8

List Price: $24.95

The Star Creek Papers

Edited by Adam Fairclough

Horace Mann Bond and Julia W. Bond

Foreword by Julian Bond

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The Star Creek Papers is the never-before-published account of the complex realities of race relations in the rural South in the 1930s.

When Horace and Julia Bond moved to Louisiana in 1934, they entered a world where the legacy of slavery was miscegenation, lingering paternalism, and deadly racism. The Bonds were a young, well-educated and idealistic African American couple working for the Rosenwald Fund, a trust established by a northern philanthropist to build schools in rural areas. They were part of the "Explorer Project" sent to investigate the progress of the school in the Star Creek district of Washington Parish. Their report, which decried the teachers' lack of experience, the poor quality of the coursework, and the students' chronic absenteeism, was based on their private journal, "The Star Creek Diary," a shrewdly observed, sharply etched, and affectionate portrait of a rural black community.

Horace Bond was moved to write a second document, "Forty Acres and a Mule," a history of a black farming family, after Jerome Wilson was lynched in 1935. The Wilsons were thrifty landowners whom Bond knew and respected; he intended to turn their story into a book, but the chronicle remained unfinished at his death. These important primary documents were rediscovered by civil rights scholar Adam Fairclough, who edited them with Julia Bond's support.

An accessible and poignant work which will attract interest of anyone interested in the evolution of the black family and rural race relations.

—Fitzhugh Brundage, author of Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880–1930

Commended

Gustavus Myers Award, Gustavus Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights

About the Author/Editor

ADAM FAIRCLOUGH is the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair of History and Culture of the United States at Leiden University. His books include Martin Luther King Jr., To Redeem the Soul of America, Race and Democracy, and The Star Creek Papers (all Georgia).