Catfish Dream: Ed Scott's Fight for His Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta


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University of Georgia Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

JULIAN RANKIN was raised in Mississippi and North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rankin was the founding director of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art. He now serves as executive director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. His personal work explores identity and place in the contemporary South. He is the author of Catfish Dream: Ed Scott's Fight for his Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta published by the University of Georgia Press as part of the Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place series. He is the recipient of the Southern Foodways Alliance's first annual residency at Rivendell Writers Colony. For Catfish Dream, Rankin was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, and was also recognized as the 2019 Nonfiction winner by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.


Catfish Dream is a significant resource on the history of race in the Mississippi Delta. Julian Rankin eloquently describes how Ed Scott courageously struggles with the bureaucracy of racism, only to discover that the system is embedded in our society at both the local and the national levels. Most important, Rankin shows how Scott and his family resisted and ultimately defeated that system.--William Ferris "author of The South in Color: A Visual Journey"
In his debut work, Catfish Dream, Julian Rankin tells an important story. Anyone interested in agriculture, the American South, foodways, and African American enterprise will be fascinated by this book. Mr. Ed Scott is a hero our country needs to learn about, and this portrait of him is strong and beautifully written. His situation and his fate are central to the American experiment. I cannot recommend Mr. Rankin's storytelling too highly. It is a powerful thing. We owe him a debt.--Randall Kenan "author of The Fire This Time"
Ed Scott Jr. is perhaps not a name familiar to many Americans, but it should be. His experience and struggles with racism are the focus of . . . an intimate portrait of the first nonwhite owner and operator of an American catfish plant. . . . Part of the Southern Foodways Alliance's Studies in Culture, People, and Place series, Catfish Dream presents an emblem for African American success even in the face of tremendous obstacles.-- "Smithsonian Magazine"