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Kate Campbell Global Perspectives Reading Response 4 March 3, 2008 In chapter three of Pietra Rivoli’s book The Travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy she discusses how the cotton industry took off in Texas, thus leaving the south behind. This is fascinating because the south was once dubbed “Cotton Kingdom” until about the 1930s when Texas took charge. She discusses how there were many factors leading to the south’s production decline, mainly their unwillingness to put behind tradition in a technologically progressive era. Also, the Bracero Program put into place helped to allow Texas to move ahead in cotton production. Rivoli explains that in 1942 Congress implemented the Bracero program which “allowed Mexican labor to enter the United States for short periods to work in agriculture” (Rivoli, 31). Seeing that Texas is right on the U.S.- Mexico border, this allowed for Texas to receive the much needed migrant work to increase cotton production. However, with the advancing technology,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course FL 223 taught by Professor Krick-aigner/pollack during the Spring '08 term at Wofford.

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