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Boll Weevil BluesCotton, Myth, and Power in the American South$
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James C. Giesen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226292878

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226292854.001.0001

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“The Herald of Prosperity”: The Promise of Diversification in Alabama

“The Herald of Prosperity”: The Promise of Diversification in Alabama

(p.101) Chapter 5 “The Herald of Prosperity”: The Promise of Diversification in Alabama
Boll Weevil Blues
University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the diversification in Alabama. In 1910, the boll weevil stood on the Alabama border, as farmers, businesspeople, and government experts wondered what changes the pest would exact in their state. Alabamans had time to prepare for the boll weevil's arrival. Southeast Alabamans were actually interested in the idea of growing something other than cotton. Successful diversification could have a chance in a place that met an unlikely list of requirements. The promise of diversification in southeast Alabama appeared to have been realized quickly and dramatically. The dedication of the boll weevil statue in 1919 signified a remarkable time in the story of southern farming and the boll weevil's profound threat to the social and economic system of the South. The unveiling of Enterprise's monument did mark the realization of the diversification dream that so many Americans had had for a great many years.

Keywords:   boll weevil, diversification, Alabama, cotton, Enterprise

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