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Title: Cattle in the Cotton Fields
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine/As New
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Type: Hardcover
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Cattle raising today is the most widely practiced form of agriculture in Alabama and ranks second only to the poultry industry in terms of revenue. Brooks Blevins not only relates the development and importance of the industry to agricultural practices but also presents it as an integral component of southern history, inextricably linked to issues of sectional politics, progressivism, race and class struggles, and rural depopulation. Most historians believe cattle were first introduced by the Spanish explorers and missionaries during the early decades of the 16th century. Native Americans quickly took up cattle raising, and the practice was reinforced with the arrival of the French and the British. By 1819--after massive immigration of Anglo-American herders, farmers, and planters--cattle played an integral role in the territory's agriculture and economy. Despite the dominance of the cotton industry during the antebellum period, cattle herding continued to grow and to become identified as an important part of the region's agriculture.
In the early decades of the 20th century, the boll weevil drove many planters out of the cotton business. These planters adopted a midwestern model of cattle raising consisting of purebred English breeds, enclosed pastures, scientific breeding and feeding practices, and intimate cooperation among cattlemen, government agents, and business interests. This model of farming gradually replaced the open range herding tradition.
About the Author:
Brooks Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. He is the author of five books, including Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol' Boys Defined a State and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South, both of which won the Arkansas Historical Society’s Ragsdale Award. He is also the author of Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image.
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