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In high cotton, Tchula, Mississippi 1981-"He's got a minute's, waiting for his cart o fill and the cotton gin to restart. King Cotton had long been the bane of blacks' existence. The labor-intensive corp spurred the need for large numbers of slaves. Later, as tenant farmers, no matter how hard they worked, African Americans just scraped by. These days in the South, most cotton fields are on giant mechanized farms, requiring few workers."