Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
Poem / Sterling D. Plumpp -- 1. What Happens to a Dream Arrested? -- 2. The Blues Tradition of Explanation -- 3. The Social-Spatial Construction of the Mississippi Delta -- 4. The Shotgun Policy and the Birth of the Blues -- 5. Segregation, Peonage, and the Blues Ascension -- 6. The Enclosure Movement -- 7. The Green Revolution -- 8. Poor People and the Freedom Blues -- 9. The Crises of Tchula, Tunica, and Delta Pride -- 10. Writing the Regional Future -- 11. The Blues Reconstruction.
Development Arrested is a major reinterpretation of the two-centuries-old conflict between African American workers and the planters of the Mississippi Delta. Ranging across disciplines as diverse as rural studies, musicology, development studies and anthropology, it provides a unique assessment of the impact of the plantation system on those who suffered its depredations at first hand.