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Washington County, Mississippi

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Overview
Washington County, located on the Mississippi River in the heart of the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, is the culture that cotton built. Founded by hearty pioneers willing to risk even their lives for the unexcelled wealth that the "white gold" of cotton promised, the county was literally carved out of a swampy, cane-covered wilderness where the brave were as likely to reap an early grave as elaborate grandeur. This collection of more than two hundred photographs from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth depicts the unique and pervasive dichotomies that the struggle to weave the "Cotton Kingdom" produced, especially the twin threads of prosperity and poverty. Here men struck it rich in an unprecedented short time, but here they lost it just as quickly. While high cotton bought white men opulent homes and the leisure to produce literary classics, simultaneously it bought the black man little more than a shotgun shack and the pain that birthed the blues. Witness the challenges presented to the mule by the machine and to the isolation of the county's way of life by international war and the infusion of industry. Despite the divisions, this collection also illustrates the common, commendable effort by the citizens of one American county in the South to clear their land, cultivate their fields, build their homes, pave their streets, construct their highways, lay their railroads, and protect it all from flood, fever, and fire with an unfaltering faith in the future.
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ISBN: 9780738506555
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Mississippi
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Authors Russell S. Hall, Princella W. Nowell, and Stacy Childress have culled a wide variety of images and coupled them with an engaging narrative to illuminate the Washington County of a bygone era. A treasure for residents of this Delta community, Washington County will find a cherished place on bookshelves throughout the region.
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