Cotton's Obituaries: The Boll Weevil in Georgia

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:
Cotton's Obituaries: The Boll Weevil in Georgia

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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

Chapter.  11396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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