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CCCCD Professor Publishes New Book


December 13, 2004 -- A Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) history professor published his book. CCCCD professor Dr. Keith Volanto published “Texas, Cotton and the New Deal,” a revision of his doctorate in history dissertation completed at Texas A&M in 1998.

“Texas, Cotton and the New Deal” explores the federal government’s efforts to aid the state’s floundering cotton industry during the Great Depression.

“I describe how the cotton programs that the government created actually operated and evaluate how successful the programs were in providing aid to Texas farmers and how they also fell short in achieving their goals,” Dr. Volanto said.

This is Dr. Volanto’s first book and has received kudos from a number of peers from around the world.

“I have published a few articles up to this time, but it feels great to see a much larger work of several years culminate into a published book, especially this one since it is my first,” Dr. Volanto said. “It has received good reviews so far from renowned scholars in the field who have read drafts of it, such as Clayton Brown at Texas Christian University, Richard Lowitt at the University of Oklahoma, and Anthony Badger at Cambridge University, who all agreed to write blurbs on the dust jacket endorsing the book as an important work covering a neglected area of Texas and United States history.”

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