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

Giesen, James C.

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press, 2011
ISBN 10: 0226292878 / ISBN 13: 9780226292878
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Titel: Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power ...

Verlag: University Of Chicago Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Vividly written and carefully documented, this original book addresses a seemingly familiar topic from a new angle, forcing the reader to reconsider former assumptions about the region's history. Giesen's interdisciplinary contribution is essential reading for anyone interested not only in the boll weevil story, but in the social, economic, environmental, and agricultural history of the twentieth-century South.". Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0226292878

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Between the 1890s and the early 1920s, the boll weevil slowly ate its way across the Cotton South from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean. At the turn of the century, some Texas counties were reporting crop losses of over 70 percent, as were areas of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. By the time the boll weevil reached the limits of the cotton belt, it had destroyed much of the region?s chief cash crop?tens of billions of pounds of cotton, worth nearly a trillion dollars. 

As staggering as these numbers may seem, James C. Giesen demonstrates that it was the very idea of the boll weevil and the struggle over its meanings that most profoundly changed the South?as different groups, from policymakers to blues singers, projected onto this natural disaster the consequences they feared and the outcomes they sought. Giesen asks how the myth of the boll weevil?s lasting impact helped obscure the real problems of the region?those caused not by insects, but by landowning patterns, antiquated credit systems, white supremacist ideology, and declining soil fertility. Boll Weevil Blues brings together these cultural, environmental, and agricultural narratives in a novel and important way that allows us to reconsider the making of the modern American South.

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James C. Giesen is assistant professor of history at Mississippi State University.

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