Simply put... Ever wonder why blues music as we know it today has roots in the Mississippi Delta? Well, this book answers that. A classic of the genre. - Roger Stolle, Cat Head
From the web: This crescent of bottomlands (aka "The Mississippi Delta") between Memphis and Vicksburg, lined by the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers, remains in some ways what it was in 1860: a land of rich soil, wealthy planters, and desperate poverty—the blackest and poorest counties in all the South. And yet it is a cultural treasure house as well--the home of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Charley Pride, Walker Percy, Elizabeth Spencer, and Shelby Foote. Painting a fascinating portrait of the development and survival of the Mississippi Delta, a society and economy that is often seen as the most extreme in all the South, James C. Cobb offers a comprehensive history of the Delta, from its first white settlement in the 1820s to the present. Exploring the rich black culture of the Delta, Cobb explains how it survived and evolved in the midst of poverty and oppression, beginning with the first settlers in the overgrown, disease-ridden Delta before the Civil War to the bitter battles and incomplete triumphs of the civil rights era. In this comprehensive account, Cobb offers new insight into "the most southern place on earth," untangling the enigma of grindingly poor but prolifically creative Mississippi Delta.
"An enthralling new history....Cobb's well-researched, well-written book is 'must' reading for anyone interested in the Delta." - Lexington Herald-Leader. "A classic study that probes complex worlds of race and class in the Mississippi Delta with unrelenting honesty." - William Ferris, Director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of Mississippi