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High Cotton

Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta

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September 1, 2008 | Paperback | 5.2 x 8, 328 Pages | ISBN 9781582433950
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“A perceptive and unaffected look at an occupation that, however changed, is almost as ancient and venerated as human civilization.” —Business Week

Gerard Helferich details a year of planting and picking by small-time cotton farmer Zack Killebrew as he struggles to defend his crop from insects, drought, the perils of globalization, and, in 2005, Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. The book follows Killebrew’s cotton as it is processed, using the journey from raw cotton to finished product as a lens through which to examine the cotton industry as a whole. Rooted in an in-depth understanding of the history of cotton from its ancient roots in Egypt, India, and Mexico to its pivotal role in American economics and race relations, High Cotton provides a look into farming in the Mississippi Delta, “the South’s South,” with its many trials and risks.

GERARD HELFERICH, a former editor and publisher, is the author of Humboldt’s Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey That Changed the Way We See the World. He lives with his wife in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

Praise

“A perceptive and unaffected look at an occupation that, however changed, is almost as ancient and venerated as human civilization.” —Business Week

“[Helferich] grapples with cotton itself.” —Times Literary Supplement

“[A] fascinating read… historical facts are expertly woven through a compelling narrative.” —Mississippi Magazine 

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