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A panoramic view of cotton fields, 1907
A view of cotton fields in 1907

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The Boll Weevil Honored in Alabama
December 11, 1919

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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