Myth Making on the Cotton Frontier

in Boll Weevil Blues

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226292878
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226292854 | DOI:
Myth Making on the Cotton Frontier

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This chapter discusses the mythical stories of the boll weevil on the cotton frontier. The boll weevil affected Texas, destroying thousands of tons of cotton. Its facility for destructing a field of cotton comes from its reproductive ability. The degree of injury boll weevils can execute on cotton differed depending on a variety of factors that are significant to the history of the boll weevil. It is indicated that the boll weevil did little to directly concern political leaders in the first few years of its presence in Texas. Beverly Galloway and Seaman Knapp traveled to an east Texas town and found it in what Knapp would later identify as a state of panic. The impression that Knapp had slain the weevil had convinced Congress to create a network of local demonstration farms.

Keywords: boll weevil; cotton; Texas; mythical stories; Beverly Galloway; Seaman Knapp; farms

Chapter.  10915 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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