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King Cotton's advocate : Oscar G. Johnston and the New Deal /
Lawrence J. Nelson.
1st ed.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1999.
xviii, 330 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1572330252 (paper meets minimum requirements)
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Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1999.
1572330252 (paper meets minimum requirements)
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Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Oscar -- Corporate planter -- Golden egg -- Ten-cent rescue -- Acres, not bales -- An ounce of remedy, a pound of reform -- Welfare capitalist -- Cotton diplomat -- Outwitting the speculators -- Tempest in a tea pot -- Fence rails and graveyards -- King Cotton needs a voice -- Have never liked the term "New Deal" -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-07-01:
It is impossible to study New Deal agricultural policy, especially cotton policy, in much detail without encountering the name of Oscar Johnston. Nelson's biography covers Johnston's life but focuses on the New Deal years, when he shaped policy toward the industry to which he dedicated much of that life. He contributed to the operation of Agricultural Adjustment Act, the Commodity Credit Corporation, and the federal Cotton Pool, and he traveled internationally to encourage developments that would improve economic conditions for cotton farmers worldwide. Johnston's career was controversial, and Nelson does not fail to report on those controversies. Along the way, he revises a standard image of conservative 20th-century southern planters. True, Johnston was involved in the arguments over the contested AAA "Section 7" that moved the agency to the right. He opposed the movement toward collectives sponsored by the Farm Security Administration during the 1940s. But Nelson also portrays Johnston as a modern businessman who managed a huge cotton plantation from the days of sharecroppers to the dawn of contemporary agribusiness. Students of agricultural policy, the New Deal, and southern history will profit from reading this book. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. P. Sanson Louisiana State University at Alexandria
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Table of Contents
Oscarp. 1
Corporate Planterp. 23
Golden Eggp. 45
Ten-Cent Rescuep. 56
Acres, Not Balesp. 66
An Ounce of Remedy, a Pound of Reformp. 77
Welfare Capitalistp. 92
Cotton Diplomatp. 118
Outwitting the Speculatorsp. 132
Tempest in a Tea Potp. 157
Fence Rails and Graveyardsp. 173
King Cotton Needs a Voicep. 183
I Have Never Liked the Term "New Deal"p. 206
Epiloguep. 228
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 319
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