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Trouble in GoshenPlain Folk, Roosevelt, Jesus, and Marx in the Great Depression South$
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Fred C. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039560

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039560.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Trouble in Goshen

Fred C. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter contains a brief examination of southern plain folk and their concerns about social status. Along with that description the major thesis of this book is expanded and includes ancillary theses, including the nettlesome notion of thirty-year mortgages. Because the Delta is a central player in the histories of Dyess Colony and Delta Cooperative Farm, the Introduction introduces the problematic nature of Delta cotton production and a brief history of attempts to development a strong cotton-based economy in the region.

Keywords:   Plain folk, Peasantry, Southern Alluvial Land Association, Cooperation, “Back to the Land”, H.L. Mencken

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