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Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South

James C. Giesen
Format
Book
Published
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011, ©2011.
Language
English
ISBN
9780226292878, 0226292878
Summary
The boll weevil slowly ate its way across the cotton South from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean, destroying tens of billions of pounds of cotton between the 1890s and the early 1920s. While the book considers the economic impact facing southern farmers during this time, it also weaves together issues about race, agriculture, the blues, and the social and cultural climate of the South in the early twentieth century.
Contents
  • Myth making on the cotton frontier
  • Cultures of resistance in Texas and Louisiana: tenants make sense of the boll weevil
  • 'Map maker, troublemaker, history maker': the boll weevil threatens the Delta
  • Delta solutions big and small
  • 'The herald of prosperity': the promise of diversification in Alabama
  • 'You will be poor and ignorant and your children will be the same': the boll weevil myth transformed
  • Cotton's obituaries: the boll weevil in Georgia
  • Conclusion: The boll weevil's lost revolution.
Description
xvi, 221 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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