Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The importance of this study and analysis, and the factors affecting land tenure among Negro farmers in Gonzales County cannot be over-emphasized in a society which is increasingly demanding more and better farm layouts. Every sign points upward to scientific investigations and laboratory studies that aid not only in the quantity but the quality of farmland. The size of the family farm has changed in the last twenty-five years to twice the original size. This change brought about a fewer number of farmers because of expanding the family-type farm of today. In keeping with the national tradition and basic land policy, agriculture carried on with the family farm as the primary unit is desirable Public effort continues to encourage ownership of family farms by those who till the soil, especially if they are equipped for independent management. Tenancy, however, performs a necessary function in land tenure system. Therefore, greater emphasis is needed on increasing the ownership of family-size farms. This provides a reasonable degree of security for those people who till the soil as a way of making their livelihood. Land resources should be maintained and improved. The trend to- ward exploitation needs to be revised in favor of better land use. It is necessary that farm families have enough land to make the best use of their labor. Thus a desirable tenure will utilize these factors.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. R. Powell

Committee Member

E, M. Norris


Prairie View Agricultural And Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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