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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in History


Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

First Advisor

Ted Ownby

Second Advisor

John J. Green

Third Advisor

Charles K. Ross

Relational Format



This study examines the paradoxes and complexities of the Mississippi Delta through an international lens. The fundamental premise guiding the research is that goods, people, ideas, technology, and capital cross national borders; therefore, local transformations can only be fully understood within a global context. The study concentrates on the evolution of the reciprocal, complex relationship between the region and the international community, along with the local and global consequences of a series of transnational exchanges. With a primary focus on agribusinesses, the research challenges traditional visions of the Delta as an isolated and provincial region immune to modernization. Instead the work reveals a region deeply integrated into the international marketplace through the rapid adoption of modern technology, communication and transportation systems, and advances in agri-science. In sum, the research strives to globalize the history of Mississippi Delta in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region.

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