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Title

Mechanical Cotton Picker

Author

Donald Holley

Categories

Economic History
Industrial Organization
Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth

Type

Article

Description

Until World War II, the Cotton South remained poor, backward, and un-mechanized. With minor exceptions, most tasks -- plowing, cultivating, and finally harvesting cotton -- were done by hand. The mechanical cotton picker played an indispensable role in the transition from the prewar South of over-population, sharecropping, and hand labor to the capital-intensive agriculture of the postwar South.

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