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The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity

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"Cotton obsessed, Negro obsessed," Rupert Vance called it in 1935. "Nowhere but in the Mississippi Delta," he said, "are antebellum conditions so nearly preserved." This crescent of bottomlands between Memphis and Vicksburg, lined by the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers, remains in some ways what it was in 1860: a land of rich soil, wealthy planters, and desperate poverty--the ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 29th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Graham
If you are looking for the most in depth analysis of the Mississippi Delta region, with topics ranging from the proper soil for cotton farming to the rise of the blues to the internal politics of plantations, this is the book for you. But be warned, it is NOT a "popular history" book, and reads like a dissertation (which I believe it was).

Just to be clear though, this book provides a tremendous amount of detail. Ever wanted to know the average wage of a sharecropper before the flood of 1927 in Y
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JoséMaría BlancoWhite
A social history of epic and literary proportions.

It's a very readable book with lots of information about The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta all the way from Reconstruction to our modern Welfare times. The intervention of the Federal government to allegedly improve the status of blacks, whether it was at the wake of the War or by means of the New Deal, and up to the latest impulses of liberal Big Government, has never done any good: only shifted the paternalistic role from the white man to the welfare
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David
This book chronicles the most shameful behavior that humans are capable of, in our race for comfort, power, prestige and privilege. All on the backs and broken bodies of others, those with the least, those who continue to come up on the short end of the stick.
James Blatter
I think this should be required reading for college civics as much as sociology or ethnography, a very good look at how some identies are formed and shortly taske over a culture and define how others look at that culture
Diane
This interesting history focuses on the Mississippi Delta, an area of fertile land and wealthy cotton plantations surrounded by rural poverty. This is one of those books that makes me wish Goodreads would allow half stars, because I'd like to give it three and a half stars. The beginning, which is a history of the settlement of the Delta in the 1820s - 1840s, the antebellum boom years, the Civil War and Reconstruction, is excellent. Most histories of the south that focus on this period mostly co ...more
Debbie Howell
Very comprehensive history of the Mississippi Delta. Interesting to read about the early days--who settled there and why, and just how hard it was to "tame" the land for farming. Excellent research, well-documented in unobtrusive footnotes. One area the author did a nice job on was describing the socioeconomic impact of Federal programs on the Delta from the Depression onward. Good "micro" perspective on the Civil Rights movement within the Delta, without rehashing a lot of familiar information ...more
Zeb Larson
A nice book to acquaint yourself with the history of the region. The book shines in discussing the Planter class and the African-Americans, as well as the relationship between the Delta and the Piedmont.
Allan
Considering that the topics are so much dreary economics and the long history of abominable injustice, Cobb's book is engrossing and highly informative. The development of culture in the Delta is surveyed from antebellum times through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the first half of the 20th century (which in this locale can barely be distinguished from each other) through the civil rights movement.

Deven Black
This is a detailed history of Mississippi's Yazoo delta starting before human settlers arrived and continuing forward to the 1970s. It is a rich history full of ego, intrigue, slavery, bravery, brutality, and music. Cobb conveys some of the flavors of the various periods in this history, but he does get bogged down in excessive detail from time to time.
Michael
If you think Mississippi sucks now, you would have really hated it in the 19th and 20th centuries.
zoë
picked up in oxford, ms as we drove through the delta
Greg
A really good book but very dense.
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