This dirt under the fingernails portrait of a small time farmer follows Zack Killebrew over a single year as he struggles to defend his cotton against such timeless adversaries as weeds, insects, and drought, as well as such twenty first century threats as globalization Over the course of the season, Helferich describes how this singular crop has stamped American history and culture like no other Then, as Killebrew prepares to harvest his cotton, two hurricanes named Katrina and Rita devastate the Gulf Coast and barrel inland Killebrew s tale is at once a glimpse into our nation s past, a rich commentary on our present, and a plain sighted vision of the future of farming in the Mississippi Delta.On first publication, High Cotton won the Authors Award from the Mississippi Library Association This updated edition includes a new afterword, which resumes the story of Zack Killebrew and his family, discusses how cotton farming has continued to change, and shows how the Delta has retained its elemental character....
|Title||:||High Cotton: Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta (Banner Books)|
|Publisher||:||University Press of Mississippi Reprint edition October 5, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||589 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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High Cotton: Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta (Banner Books) Reviews
Fabulous book for those of us raised in the South, especially in a farming community. Brings back lots of memories and I've enjoyed the background info about the introduction of cotton and specifics about its impact on the political and economic impact of it's cultivation. My southern-born and raised spouse, who mostly reads Grisham and business publications, absconded with it just after I had started reading and I had to wait for him to finish! New copy, timely delivery from this seller.
Helferich weaves a fine tale of life in the Mississippi Delta from the perspective of cotton farmer Zack Killebrew. It is nearly the Moby Dick of cotton culture--taking you from planting to ginning to weaving the white gold that has proved itself a blessing to a few and a curse to many. From descriptions of "ice cream" soft brown soil to eradicating the weevil--with excursions to Horseshoe Lake to noodle for catfish while avoiding water moccasins--big around and about as long as a man's arm--and the deer camp that resembles something out of Tobacco Road--not sure the denizens of the Delta would appreciate that comparison--but the author has personal roots in the Delta and makes every effort to understand the culture.
I read every word of this interesting and timely book, which was chock full of information and history. I was excited to see the book come out as I believe our country is hurt by losing touch with its agrarian roots, and agricultural policy is being made now by people disconnected from production. Before I read it I had visions of sending it to policy makers and New Yorkers and others who need to know. I still may do that, but I was a bit disappointed that the author makes the farmer look like a bit of dolt.
High Cotton is a fine book, enjoyable and interesting reading. It is hard to believe a non-fiction description of cotton planting could be recreational reading but the author pulls off the feat; blending descriptions of the actual farming activities, flash-backs to the role of cotton in American history, the financial pressure planters deal with, to the after-work social activities of the planter. You feel you know the people, feel the hot sun, hear the equipment, ride in the truck and taste the cold beer when the planters take a day off.
Best book ever !!!
I like how the book really goes into the detail of farming and the worries that go along with farming. I think it's an excellent read for people who want to learn about farming, the history of farming, and the history of the delta.
Wonderly concise history of the Mississippi Delta region.
- - about the cotton growind industry in modern-day Mississippi