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Precarious Eden : a return to the Mississippi Delta

Author: Harry Dixon Jr Bynum
Publisher: 2009.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Mississippi, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Abstract: A work of narrative nonfiction and, at times, narrative criticism, Precarious Eden: A Return to the Mississippi Delta chronicles not only a year's worth of journeys into the Lower Mississippi Valley and its wilder areas but also the author's growing knowledge of some of the region's past and present troubles: racial, economic, and environmental. Alternatively known as the Mississippi Embayment and the  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Dixon Jr Bynum
OCLC Number: 645644555
Notes: Typescript.
Vita.
"May 2009."
Major Professor: Ann Fisher-Wirth.
Description: vi, 291 leaves ; 28 cm + 1 CD-ROM.
Responsibility: Harry Dixon Bynum, Jr.

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Abstract: A work of narrative nonfiction and, at times, narrative criticism, Precarious Eden: A Return to the Mississippi Delta chronicles not only a year's worth of journeys into the Lower Mississippi Valley and its wilder areas but also the author's growing knowledge of some of the region's past and present troubles: racial, economic, and environmental. Alternatively known as the Mississippi Embayment and the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, the Delta was once a vast hydrological plain filled with bottomland hardwood forests and swamp ecosystems, and this larger ecoregion is the background and subject of the text. While the Delta's system of sharecropping and debt peonage during the twentieth century has received the majority of critical attention, the environmental and social damage as a result of the dominant pesticide-intensive monoculture of cotton and other crops has garnered little investigation. The larger structure of the book is that of the growing season in the Delta: March through November. That structure seemed most appropriate because industrial agriculture has so transformed the Delta's landscape, and the hidden costs associated with it became the project's centerpiece. The larger goal of the project is to plumb the intersections between racial and environmental issues while illuminating the author's family history in the Delta and his return to it after absence of several years.

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