By James C. Giesen
Between the Eighteen Nineties and the early Twenties, the boll weevil slowly ate its manner around the Cotton South from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean. on the flip of the century, a few Texas counties have been reporting crop losses of over 70 percentage, as have been components of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. by the point the boll weevil reached the bounds of the cotton belt, it had destroyed a lot of the region’s leader funds crop—tens of billions of kilos of cotton, worthy approximately a thousand billion dollars.
As dazzling as those numbers could appear, James C. Giesen demonstrates that it was once the very proposal of the boll weevil and the fight over its meanings that the majority profoundly replaced the South—as various teams, from policymakers to blues singers, projected onto this common catastrophe the implications they feared and the results they sought. Giesen asks how the parable of the boll weevil’s lasting impression helped vague the genuine difficulties of the region—those prompted no longer through bugs, yet via landowning styles, antiquated credits platforms, white supremacist ideology, and declining soil fertility. Boll Weevil Blues brings jointly those cultural, environmental, and agricultural narratives in a singular and significant manner that permits us to re-evaluate the making of the trendy American South.
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Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South by James C. Giesen