Episode 43: Losing Ground

July 26, 2017

For Eddie Wise, owning a hog farm was a lifelong dream. In middle age, he and his wife, Dorothy, finally got a farm of their own. But they say that over the next twenty-five years, the U.S. government discriminated against them because of their race, and finally drove them off the land. Their story, by John Biewen, was produced in collaboration with Reveal.

Photo: U.S. Marshals presenting eviction papers to Eddie Wise. Nash County, North Carolina, January 2016. Photograph by John Biewen.

 

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Eddie visits Dorothy at a rehabilitation center in Windsor, NC, February 2017. Photo by John Biewen

 

Link to Five Farms, a 2009 Center for Documentary Studies documentary project featuring Eddie and Dorothy Wise and four other American farm families.

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  1. Carol M. Jul 27, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  2. Cristina Collada Aug 22, 2017

    Very powerful and very appreciated. If only this information could be more broadly disseminated.

  3. Kathrine Lovell Nov 14, 2017

    This story is heartbreaking. How can anyone withstand the ridiculous bureaucratic hoops that Eddie and Dorothy were put through to save their farm? It is a nightmare.

    This whole series has made me really look at my whiteness. I am more aware than ever how much I have, because of my whiteness.

    This series of programs has changed my life. I cannot ever go back to being blind to my position in society.I wish everyone could listen and know.

    Thank you.

  4. This was interesting, thank you. I need to say however that the point of view wasn’t balanced.

    This couple takes out a $300,000.00 loan 25 years ago. Makes less than $9,000.00 in payments on that loan over a twenty year period (less than $38 a month), then stops making any payments at all for another five years and only then FmHA forecloses on them.

    If this is an example of discrimination, where can I signup?

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