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Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta. By Clyde Woods. (New York: Verso, 1998. x, 342 pp. $27.00, ISBN 1-85984-811-7.)

Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta. By Clyde Woods.... The Journal of American History March 2000 Stoll strongly intimates, white work force. of the plantation system, a political economy They created an urban-directed industrial ag­ of debt peonage, black impoverishment, and ricultural landscape that by 1930 worked vigilante-enforced segregation and disenfran­ much to their advantage. California growers chisement. Clyde Woods's important book were among the wealthiest agriculturalists in brings that Delta of cultural innovation and the United States. In the end, the combina­ material exploitation together, arguing that as tion of depression, war, and postwar changes a response to the arrested developments and in the landscape let those capitalists retain halted dreams that white plantation power their wealth, but over time their power dimin­ and its ideology have occasioned, the blues ished. They became relics of an earlier Califor­ "are the cries of a new society being born." nia, the one challenged by Cesar Chavez and Woods chronicles most effectively the con­ the farm workers, the one Mario Savio railed tinuities in Delta landholding and regional against when he pronounced the university a power, with their deformingly racist planter ideology. The book is a tour through a cen­ machine and the students its fodder. A blend of environmental http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of American History Oxford University Press

Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta. By Clyde Woods. (New York: Verso, 1998. x, 342 pp. $27.00, ISBN 1-85984-811-7.)

The Journal of American History , Volume 86 (4) – Mar 1, 2000

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The Journal of American History March 2000 Stoll strongly intimates, white work force. of the plantation system, a political economy They created an urban-directed industrial ag­ of debt peonage, black impoverishment, and ricultural landscape that by 1930 worked vigilante-enforced segregation and disenfran­ much to their advantage. California growers chisement. Clyde Woods's important book were among the wealthiest agriculturalists in brings that Delta of cultural innovation and the United States. In the end, the combina­ material exploitation together, arguing that as tion of depression, war, and postwar changes a response to the arrested developments and in the landscape let those capitalists retain halted dreams that white plantation power their wealth, but over time their power dimin­ and its ideology have occasioned, the blues ished. They became relics of an earlier Califor­ "are the cries of a new society being born." nia, the one challenged by Cesar Chavez and Woods chronicles most effectively the con­ the farm workers, the one Mario Savio railed tinuities in Delta landholding and regional against when he pronounced the university a power, with their deformingly racist planter ideology. The book is a tour through a cen­ machine and the students its fodder. A blend of environmental

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