Cotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work, and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique, 1938-1961 (Social History of Africa)

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9780435089788: Cotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work, and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique, 1938-1961 (Social History of Africa)

This book explores the lives of Mozambique's cotton producers-their pain and suffering, their coping strategies, their struggles to survive.

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ALLEN ISAACMAN is professor of history and director of the MacArthur Program on Peace and International Cooperation at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Mozambique: The Africanization of a European Institution, (1972), The Tradition of Resistance in Mozambique (1976), Mozambique from Colonialism to Revolution (1983), Cotton, Colonialism, and Social History in Sub-Saharan Africa (1995), and Cotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work, and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique, (1995).

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"Isaacman provides both a wrenchingly detailed chronicle of the brutal monotony of the forced cotton regime, and a lucid and illuminating analysis of its contradictions.... This is an important contribution to the historiography of colonialism, labor, resistance, and agrarian change in Africa."-Sara Berry, Northwestern University ?Isaacman provides both a wrenchingly detailed chronicle of the brutal monotony of the forced cotton regime, and a lucid and illuminating analysis of its contradictions.... This is an important contribution to the historiography of colonialism, labor, resistance, and agrarian change in Africa.?-Sara Berry, Northwestern University

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