Rivoli Chapter 3 and 4
1. Identify the collection of resources
available to farmers in the
2. What happened to the importance of
mules as cotton producers moved to
3. What factors led to the Bracero
program? How did the program meet growers’ 3 labor requirements? Why were
4. White laborers were “lazy and draggy-like”?
4. What was the AAA? How did it lead to the demise of sharecropping?
5. How did differences in farm size lead to differences in the adoption of mechanical cotton harvesters?
6. How did
7. Rivoli characterizes the Reinsches’ farm history as “a narrative of discovery after discovery”. List several of these discoveries. What institutions, working in concert, made this possible?
8. How have the number and ownership of cotton gins changed during the past century? How did this affect the Reinsches?
9. List 6 products that the non-lint portion of harvested cotton is used in.
10. What are 3 ways that growers have pooled resources to profit from production?
11. Why did buyers from domestic mills
12. How does Nelson Reinsch avoid the risks of price fluctuations?
13. With all of the subsidies how much
more was the price the
14. Compare the
15. Compare the number of US cotton growers and West African cotton growers
15. What do
16. Write one example of how
17. Use the terms literacy, property rights, commercial infrastructure, and scientific progress to explain Rivoli’s hesitancy to immediately do away with US subsidies.
19. Who was Ned Cobb? Where do farmers like him grow cotton currently?