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Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South by James C. Giesen (review)

Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South by James C. Giesen (review) journal of world history, september 2013 to the innovative historical argument Sengupta makes, providing new connections between often disparate fields, her monograph also offers a strikingly relevant commentary on contemporary debates about the place of religious education--and in particular Qur'an schools--in modern society, East or West. kelly elliott Abilene Christian University Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South. By james c. giesen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 240 pp. $40.00 (cloth); $7.00­$32.00 (e-book). Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South by James C. Giesen is about a destructive little insect and its impact on one of the key agricultural regions of the United States: the American South. The boll weevil, a small beetle from Mexico, brought about much devastation throughout the U.S. agrarian South in the first half of the 1900s. And, though the actual impact of the boll weevil was real, the insect quickly emerged as the scapegoat for all problems faced by Southerners in the United States. Deteriorating quality of soil, a poor economic outlook, and failure of government leadership--all could be blamed in some form on the boll weevil. Yet, many hoped that the infestation might http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South by James C. Giesen (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 24 (3)

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journal of world history, september 2013 to the innovative historical argument Sengupta makes, providing new connections between often disparate fields, her monograph also offers a strikingly relevant commentary on contemporary debates about the place of religious education--and in particular Qur'an schools--in modern society, East or West. kelly elliott Abilene Christian University Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South. By james c. giesen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 240 pp. $40.00 (cloth); $7.00­$32.00 (e-book). Boll Weevil Blues: Cotton, Myth, and Power in the American South by James C. Giesen is about a destructive little insect and its impact on one of the key agricultural regions of the United States: the American South. The boll weevil, a small beetle from Mexico, brought about much devastation throughout the U.S. agrarian South in the first half of the 1900s. And, though the actual impact of the boll weevil was real, the insect quickly emerged as the scapegoat for all problems faced by Southerners in the United States. Deteriorating quality of soil, a poor economic outlook, and failure of government leadership--all could be blamed in some form on the boll weevil. Yet, many hoped that the infestation might

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