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Families in the South Central Texas community known as Adalia, where I grew up before and after the 192os, raised cotton for a livelihood. And with few exceptions they dreamed day when they might escape a hard prairie life in brand Failure to practice crop rotation and other scientific farming drained the soil's fertility. Growing poorer with disheartened tenant farmers in secondhand cars abandoned the country for town or city. Landowners, too, moved away and rented their farms to destitute peasants from Mexico. Before the Great Depression, Adalia's school, once the neighborhood center, disappeared through consolidation. Johnson grass and broomweed invaded the land, which was finally converted for cattle raising.


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Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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