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Delta empire : Lee Wilson and the transformation of agriculture in the new South

Author: Jeannie M Whayne
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2011.
Series: Making the modern South.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Whayne (history, U. of Arkansas), who has published and edited other books on Arkansas history, has written an in-depth account of the creation by Robert E. "Lee" Wilson of an enormous conglomeration of plantation operations in Arkansas. A lucid writer, Whayne has formed her account from a wealth of primary sources, including correspondence, newspaper accounts, court records, county and other land surveys, and other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Lee Wilson; Lee Wilson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeannie M Whayne
ISBN: 9780807138557 080713855X 9780807138564 0807138568 9780807138571 0807138576 9780807138588 0807138584
OCLC Number: 712644539
Description: xi, 298 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The shaping of the land --
The making of the man --
A river of woe : reshaping the land --
A new South entrepreneur in the progressive era --
Building it of brick and hollow tile --
"The wind have changed" : the flood of 1927 --
"Get hard and raise hell" --
Changing of the guard --
The return of the "class boy."
Series Title: Making the modern South.
Responsibility: Jeannie Whayne.

Abstract:

Whayne (history, U. of Arkansas), who has published and edited other books on Arkansas history, has written an in-depth account of the creation by Robert E. "Lee" Wilson of an enormous conglomeration of plantation operations in Arkansas. A lucid writer, Whayne has formed her account from a wealth of primary sources, including correspondence, newspaper accounts, court records, county and other land surveys, and other archives. Wilson's attitudes towards race are described deliberately and with insight, demonstrating the hardship and systemic inequity of life, pay, housing, and employment for blacks as well as the region's legacy of horrific intimidation and violence. Wilson logged and drained much of the area and this process, the environmental legacy of his activities, and the impact of the drought of 1930 are the subject of separate chapters. Carrying the account through Wilson's death and the new management of his empire by his son, and describing how farming practices were changed in efforts to accommodate flood and other environmental concerns, Whayne covers in fascinating detail the lives and effects on the land of over a century of agricultural activity in the lower Mississippi Delta.

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