The Evolution of the Mississippi Delta: From Exploited Labor and
Mules to Mechanization and Agribusiness reveals the Delta's diverse
cultures, labor development, demographic populations, politics,
socioeconomic conditions and transitions of the region since the
American Civil War. Following the war, national and international
demand for cotton fiber was high all along the Mississippi Yazoo
Delta. The region's sharecropper system was created at that time,
with economic and cultural impact, resulting in a fixed underclass
of citizens. The wording of the Thirteenth Amendment left a
loophole that resulted in the virtual continuation of slavery in
the Yazoo Delta and other parts of the South. Federal relief
programs offered by the New Deal helped the Delta elite strengthen
its economic and political control over the region. World War II
also affected the Delta region, with its influences causing a
massive dislocation of labor, leading to social unrest, and the
resistance of Delta elite to civil rights challenges of the 1960s
Since the American Civil War, the major shifts in the
Mississippi Yazoo Delta on many levels have been experienced by a
multitude of peoples, including Choctaw Indians, Blacks, Chinese
and Italians, resulting in a rich history.
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