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King Cotton in Modern America: A Cultural, Political, and Economic History since 1945

D. Clayton Brown


This book places the once kingly crop in historical perspective, showing how “cotton culture” was actually part of the larger culture of the United States despite many regarding its cultivation and sources as hopelessly backward. Leaders in the industry, acting through the National Cotton Council, organized the various and often conflicting segments to make the commodity a viable part of the greater American economy. The industry faced new challenges, particularly the rise of foreign competition in production and the increase of man-made fibers in the consumer market. Modernization and efficie ... More

Keywords: cotton culture, National Cotton Council, American economy, foreign competition, man-made fibers, modernization, efficiency, cotton planters, cotton-growing areas, mechanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737981
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737981.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Clayton Brown, author