The Epicenter of the Cotton Belt
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.
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