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King Cotton in Modern America : A Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945 - D. Clayton Brown

King Cotton in Modern America

A Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945

Hardcover Published: 10th November 2010
ISBN: 9781604737981
Number Of Pages: 432

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King Cotton in Modern America places the once kingly crop in historical perspective, showing how "cotton culture" was actually part of the larger culture of the United States despite many regarding its cultivation and sources as hopelessly backward. Leaders in the industry, acting through the National Cotton Council, organized the various and often conflicting segments to make the commodity a viable part of the greater American economy. The industry faced new challenges, particularly the rise of foreign competition in production and the increase of man-made fibers in the consumer market.

Modernization and efficiency became key elements for cotton planters. The expansion of cotton- growing areas into the Far West after 1945 enabled American growers to compete in the world market. Internal dissension developed between the traditional cotton growing regions in the South and the new areas in the West, particularly over the USDA cotton allotment program. Mechanization had profound social and economic impacts. Through music and literature, and with special emphasis placed on the meaning of cotton to African Americans in the lore of Memphis's Beale Street, blues music, and African American migration off the land, author D. Clayton Brown carries cotton's story to the present.

Prefacep. IX
Prologue The Power of Cottonp. 3
The Cultural Image of Cotton, 1945p. 8
The New Politics of Cottonp. 31
The Cotton Conferencep. 47
A New Era Beginsp. 62
Ambassadors of Foreign Policy, 1945-1950p. 78
The Dinner Table Warp. 105
Postwar Struggles
The South Transformedp. 125
Cotton's Mechanization, 1945-1970
The White Gold Rushp. 147
Cotton Moves West
Boll Weevils, Worms, and Mothsp. 169
A Hundred-Year War
Memphisp. 190
The Epicenter of the Cotton Belt
ôThe Fabric of Our Livesöp. 213
Cotton Incorporated
The Texas Plainsp. 233
America's Cotton Patch
The Question of Subsidiesp. 251
Crop Lien to Futuresp. 270
Financing Cotton
The Role of Textilesp. 290
Researchp. 311
The Key to Viability
Challenges Anewp. 326
The Globalization of Cottonp. 350
The New Cotton Culturep. 372
Notesp. 387
Glossaryp. 423
Bibliographic Essayp. 425
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9781604737981
ISBN-10: 1604737980
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 10th November 2010
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.82