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The legacy of "King Cotton" in the American South - Sort by:
The legacy of "King Cotton" in the American South
Fields along the Mississippi River Delta once gleamed white in the autumn with acre upon acre of cotton ready to be picked. This year U.S. farmers planted the fewest acres of cotton since 1983, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. With the price of cotton running at about 60 cents per pound, down 35 percent from 2014 highs, many farmers are finding it is costing them more to grow the crop than they earn.
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Danville, UNITED STATES
An empty and decaying home sits next to a field of cotton in Danville, Georgia October 28, 2015. Fields along the Mississippi River Delta once gleamed white in the autumn with acre upon acre of cotton ready to be picked. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Bricks tumble out of the fireplace inside an abandoned... more
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"KKK" and a swastika are painted on an abandoned and... more
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Sunlight hits graves in the family cemetery on the... more
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Trees frame the former plantation house known as Boligee... more
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Cotton farmer Shep Morris points to a photograph of... more
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Farm worker Leon Strickland sits outside his home in... more
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Cotton grows in a field around a home in Florence,... more
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Cotton planted by farmer Lawrence Smith is harvested... more
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Farmer Michael Shelton (R) stands amid his farm equipment... more
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A partially picked field of cotton is reflected in... more
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Cotton sticks to the side of a cart at the Oakland... more
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Jeff Thompson, a manager at the Autauga Quality Cotton... more
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A worker waits for a bale of cotton to emerge from... more
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Gary Hulslander walks between automatic sock knitting... more
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Sue Hanback sews garments at the cotton clothing manufacturer... more
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Roy Ruffin opens sacks of samples from cotton bales... more
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A run-down shack is seen through a bullet hole in a... more
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The building that housed the WB Davis Hosiery Mill... more
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A Confederate flag flies over a home in front of a... more
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Farmer Emmett Joiner looks at a field of peanuts on... more
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A woman walks away from a mural celebrating the time... more
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Cotton farmer Al Breedlove (2nd L) and his friends... more
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A sign marks the Cotton Row Club in Greenwood, Mississippi... more
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An "office" sign is seen through a broken pane of glass... more
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A sign marks the closed and defunct Murray Albin Gin... more
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A "For Sale" sign covers the gate to a cotton field... more
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