Development arrested : the blues and plantation power in the Mississippi Delta /

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London ;, United Kingdom, p.xiv, 354 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : (2017)

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African Americans, Blues (Music), Economic conditions., History., Mississippi, Mississippi River Valley, Plantation life, Political aspects, Politics and government., Social conditions.


Originally published: 1998.Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-346) and index.Poem / by Sterling D. Plumpp -- Introduction / by Ruth Wilson Gilmore -- 1. What Happens to a Dream Arrested? -- 2. The Blues Tradition of Explanation -- 3. The Social-Spatial Construction of the Mississippi Delta -- 4. The Shotgun Policy and the Birth of the Blues -- 5. Segregation, Peonage, and the Blues Ascension -- 6. The Enclosure Movement -- 7. The Green Revolution -- 8. Poor People and the Freedom Blues -- 9. The Crises of Tchula, Tunica, and Delta Pride -- 10. Writing the Regional Future -- 11. The Blues Reconstruction."Development Arrested is a major reinterpretation of the 200-year-old conflict between African American workers and the planters of the Mississippi Delta. The book measures the impact of the plantation system on those who suffered its depredations firsthand, while tracing the decline and resurrection of plantation ideology in national public policy debate. Despite countless defeats under the planter regime, African Americans in the Delta continued to push forward their agenda for social and economic justice. Throughout this remarkably interdisciplinary book, ranging across fields as diverse as rural studies, musicology, development studies, and anthropology, Woods demonstrates the role of music--including jazz, rock and roll, soul, rap and, above all, the blues--in sustaining a radical vision of social change."--