Mule South to Tractor South: Mules, Machines, and the Transformation of the Cotton South (Paperback)George B. Ellenberg (author)
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Having been slow to adopt the mule, southern farmers were then reluctant to set it aside in favour of the tractor. Ellenberg describes the transformation as the tractor gradually displaced the mule and the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in this process.
The work not only becomes a survey of the development of southern agriculture as revealed through an examination of this premier work animal but also follows the emergence of the animal as a cultural icon, as it figures in southern literature, folklore, and music.
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
"In examining the figurative and literal power of the draft mule within the historical narrative of the South from 1860 forward, the author demonstrates that the very ubiquity of the mule indeed camouflaged its importance to the region. . . . Artfully crafted and well written, "Mule South to Tractor South "calls upon a range of sources in providing a distinct contribution to the field of southern and agriculture history." --"North Carolina Historical Review"
"His insightful accounts of what working with mules was really like gives readers an appreciation of both the backbreaking labor that defined southern agriculture for generations and the unique relationship between man and beast that the arrangement required."--"Journal of Mississippi History"
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