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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Granddaddy used other ways to get white buyers of peanuts, cotton, and corn, to pay him the same price they paid white farmers for their farm products

Posted Oct 18, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Still striving to satisfy his desire for economic success, Granddaddy sold a few bales of cotton to Mr. Wilson, the man whose two-horse farm (eighty acres) he rented.

Mr. Wilson thought that was all he had made off the farm. Granddaddy sold the remainder of his cotton, corn, and peanuts to two different buyers. That kept each particular white buyer from knowing how much money Granddaddy was making. So, to get his crops sold at the right price, Granddaddy had to be a smart businessman to receive the same price for his cotton, corn, and peanuts that white farmers were paid.

Black men, be smart workers and earn the same price, as whites, for the same work, even, if you must do a group sit-in, like we just saw in Congress over a particular bill America needed. Speak up for yourself in a kind way and, when you succeed, be thankful men to those who helped you.

We can’t live alone and, nor can white man live alone. Gird up, with love and business-like attitude and encourage your employers to promote you at the right time and pay you deserve for your product—work.

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