Cotton on the South Plains

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Today's cotton production on the South Plains barely resembles the cotton culture of 100 years ago. When cotton first came to the South Plains it was very labor intensive, with every stage of production depending on large amounts of hand labor. The planting, cultivating, and picking or pulling of cotton were all done by hand. Often, the harvested cotton was transported to gins in wagons pulled by teams of horses or mules. Today, due to the many improvements in the industry, most cotton is grown without ever being touched by human hands. The story of cotton on the South Plains is the story of continuous change, improvement, and mechanization.
ISBN: 9780738595856
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 191
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Authors John T. “Jack” Becker, Innocent Awasom, and Cynthia Henry are all librarians at Texas Tech University Library. They share an enthusiasm for history, agriculture, and textiles. The images they have chosen for Images of America: Cotton on the South Plains document the area's commitment to the crop and the struggle to improve its quality, profitability, and expand its market. Many of the improvements came through the efforts of people living on the South Plains, who labored long and hard to make a better life for everyone.
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