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King Cotton in the Georgia Piedmont

November 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

King Cotton in the Georgia Piedmont

mmcc large logoThe cotton industry dictated the present-day Morgan County as we know now, from the landscape to commercial downtown businesses, the historic homes, culture, and pace of life. This symposium will present the history and importance of the cotton industry in Morgan County and discuss the place of the industry in a wider southern context. Historian Brad Rice will present a local history, and keynote speaker Dr. Scott Nesbit will speak on the transition to sharecropping. The afternoon will also include the premier of the Morgan County Landmarks Society’s Voices from the Fields, a short film in which cotton field workers discuss how the work shaped their lives and families. A panel discussion will focus on the present and future of the industry. A light reception will follow.

This project is supported by a Georgia Humanities grant.


November 5, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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