Snyder traces the factors that led to the crisis--abundant crops, optimistic forecasts, surpluses, and labor unrest--and describes the proposed solutions. The suggested cotton holiday met with opposition from the conservatives, but others greeted the plan with enthusiasm, calling state legislatures into special session to act on the proposal. Snyder sees the doomed holiday as the last gasp of the family farmer before the overwhelming tide of American agribusiness. Originally published 1984. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital techlogy to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.