By James C. Giesen
Between the Nineties and the early Twenties, the boll weevil slowly ate its means 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 funds crop—tens of billions of kilos of cotton, worthy approximately 1000000000000 dollars.
As unbelievable as those numbers could seem, James C. Giesen demonstrates that it was once the very notion of the boll weevil and the fight over its meanings that the majority profoundly replaced the South—as assorted teams, from policymakers to blues singers, projected onto this average catastrophe the results they feared and the results they sought. Giesen asks how the parable of the boll weevil’s lasting effect helped vague the genuine difficulties of the region—those brought on now not by way of bugs, yet by way of landowning styles, antiquated credits structures, white supremacist ideology, and declining soil fertility. Boll Weevil Blues brings jointly those cultural, environmental, and agricultural narratives in a singular and critical approach that enables us to re-examine the making of the fashionable American South.