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Jump Back in Time 第一次世界大战与爵士时代 (1914-1928)
A panoramic view of cotton fields, 1907
棉花田一景 (摄于1907年)

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棉子象鼻虫 (Boll Weevil) 在阿拉巴马州受到表扬:1919年12月11日

你能想像立碑表扬昆虫吗?嗯,阿拉巴马州企业市 (Enterprise) 的居民在19191211日,就帮棉子象鼻虫立了一个纪念碑。这种小型昆虫会破坏棉花田,而迫使农人必须要种植其他多种植物,与制造多种农产品。

这张照片中的棉花田被称为「国王棉花」 (King Cotton) ,许多南方政治家与作家在内战之前常常提到这个词汇。这个词汇是指棉花田的经济与政治效益相当的高。你知道棉子象鼻虫有多大吗?

Can you imagine erecting a monument honoring an insect? Well, that's exactly what the people of Enterprise, Alabama, did on December 11, 1919, when they built a monument to the boll weevil, a tiny insect pest that devastated their cotton fields and forced farmers to pursue mixed farming and manufacturing.

This photo of a cotton field is called "King Cotton," a phrase that was frequently used by Southern politicians and authors before the U.S. Civil War, indicating the high economic and political regard in which cotton production was held. How big do you think a boll weevil is?


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