Mule South to Tractor South: Mules, Machines, and the Transformation of the Cotton South (Paperback)George B. Ellenberg (author)
- We can order this
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
"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"
"George Ellenberg has written an excellent study of the adaption and transformation of southern agriculture from the days of mule power to tractor power. . . . This is more than a study of economic transformation; it is also one of social and cultural change."--R. Douglas Hurt, author of "The Rural South Since World War II"