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

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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. ...

Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South 2011, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226292878

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