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

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

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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

Chapter.  10517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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