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King Cotton in Modern AmericaA Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945$
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D. Clayton Brown

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737981

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737981.001.0001

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The Epicenter of the Cotton Belt

(p.190) Chapter 10 Memphis
King Cotton in Modern America

D. Clayton Brown

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Memphis as the cotton center of the United States. No other city depended more on cotton and embraced it as did Memphis. The discussions cover the city’s infrastructure; its strong agricultural press, particularly publications bearing directly on the cotton industry; the Peabody Hotel; Beale Street, where toiling stevedores, the gin hands, the sharecroppers, and day workers from across the river or from Mississippi plantations took refuge from the white world; cotton and the blues; and the Cotton Carnival.

Keywords:   cotton center, cotton industry, Memphis, infrastructure, agricultural press, Peabody Hotel, Beale Street, blues, Cotton Carnival

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