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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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Cotton's Obituaries: The Boll Weevil in Georgia

Cotton's Obituaries: The Boll Weevil in Georgia

(p.142) Chapter 7 Cotton's Obituaries: The Boll Weevil in Georgia
Boll Weevil Blues
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses in detail the boll weevil in Georgia, where the image of the boll weevil as the destroyer of the plantation system has proven stronger and more lasting than in any other state. The state leaders made the appearance of preparing the farmers to fight the weevil as the pest approached and then finally invaded Georgia. Since the earliest days of the boll weevil's arrival in the state, Georgia's farm experts had been very concerned about a labor exodus, and in Georgia, the outmigration had been heavy. The idea that the boll weevil eliminated their cotton livelihood came closer to the truth there than in any of the other Deep South states. The appearance of the pest did correspond with both a decline in the state's cotton production and an exodus of cotton laborers.

Keywords:   boll weevil, Georgia, plantation system, cotton, outmigration, Deep South states

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