Episode 332: "Lay My Burden Down" (Part 2)

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Part two of "Lay My Burden Down" (1966) surveys the accomplishments of the civil rights movement - one year after the dramatic Selma-to-Montgomery march and the ensuing voting rights act of 1965. The documentary observes the status of tenant farmers whose average earnings are less than $1,000 per year, and who live in constant debt to white plantation owners and the company store. It explains that the rural Negro is no less hungry, no better educated and no more powerful politically than he was then, and urges that the Federal Government create more jobs, allocate poverty-funds more equitably, and police the agriculture department more effectively.

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