The American South, Mexico, And The Transnational Politics Of Land Reform

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Olsson, Tore C. Sharecroppers and Campesinos: The American South, Mexico, and the Transnational Politics of Land Reform in the Radical 1930s. The Journal of Southern History Volume LXXXI, No. 3, August 2015. As the West was being tamed and land grabs and the expansion of the United States was winding down, many people around the 1930s owned land. But as the country was expanding the Great depression of 1929 caused chaos on the American landscape and the country was in dire need of direction. Franklin D. Roosevelt established a series of new reforms known as “The New Deal” to stabilize the economy and provide jobs for the American people. One of the reforms in the New Deal was land reform. Part of the goal in the land reform was to “target the plantation zones of the American South, whose inequality of wealth was deemed the Nation’s number one economic problem”. (Pg. 608) Our neighbor to the South was going through land reform as well and it would be Mexico under President Lazaro Cardenas’ land redistribution that would provide a blueprint on how the land reforms in the United States would be modeled. I believe that, it is this assistance from Mexico in the development of the Southern United States’ land reform that is not sufficiently covered in our History books. I believe that if we would take into consideration the results of how the agrarian land reform in Mexico would unfold, we could understand how the land reform in the Southern U.S came to be and how the
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