By James C. Giesen
Between the Nineties and the early Nineteen Twenties, the boll weevil slowly ate its approach 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 parts 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 money crop—tens of billions of kilos of cotton, worthy approximately 1000000000000 dollars.
As outstanding as those numbers could seem, James C. Giesen demonstrates that it used to be the very suggestion of the boll weevil and the fight over its meanings that the majority profoundly replaced the South—as varied teams, from policymakers to blues singers, projected onto this typical catastrophe the results they feared and the results they sought. Giesen asks how the parable of the boll weevil’s lasting influence helped imprecise the true difficulties of the region—those brought on no longer by way of bugs, yet through 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 unique and critical approach that permits us to think again 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