Catfish Dream centers around the experiences, family, and struggles of Ed Scott Jr. (born in 1922), a prolific farmer in the Mississippi Delta and the first ever nonwhite owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation.
It provides a fascinating portrait of a place through an intimate biography of Scott, a hero at once so typical and so exceptional in his community.
SOUTHERN FOODWAYS ALLIANCE
STUDIES IN CULTURE, PEOPLE, AND PLACE
JOHN T. EDGE
"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
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