In Back to Dixie, the debut novel from business leader Len Hyde, the National Workfare Act is passed into law in 2029. The new law requires the majority of the nation’s Black and poor people to register with the Workfare Administration, the newly-formed federal agency. Most Black Americans are soon after separated from loved ones and housed in crowded training centers before being forced to work long hours for no pay. They are made to live where they work, oftentimes under inhumane conditions many miles away from home. In the new reality, their lives are repeatedly shown to mean little.
Operating from the outskirts of the system, the key characters, Michael, Devin and Odessa, eventually align themselves with resourceful allies who share the goal of putting an end to the racist Workfare program. In order to free millions from indentured servitude, they have to overcome a ruthless and well-funded network of politicians and business moguls who stand to make billions through full implementation of the program.
In Back to Dixie, Hyde weaves a web of events that reverse decades of progress in race relations, taking readers to a previously unimaginable world, and forcing us to come face to face with a worst case scenario of just how far the racial divide could take the country.