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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Edward S. Johnson, October 28, 1985. Interview K-0012. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

An incident reveals the fragility of grassroots coalitions

Johnson reveals the fragile strength of grassroots coalitions. The owner of a piece of land crucial to the coalition decided to sell to OWASA, removing a legal roadblock and damaging solidarity. Johnson calls this initial sale a "turning point." Other farmers began to sell as OWASA realized that landowners were receptive to buyouts.

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Oral History Interview with Edward S. Johnson, October 28, 1985. Interview K-0012. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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