To provide a little context: In 1915, our way of life in the City of Enterprise (n.d.) was threatened by the invasion of the Mexican boll weevil. This small insect wreaked havoc on our crops; approximately 60 percent of the cotton production that year was destroyed.
Nonetheless, in the absence of reproductive structures, the boll weevil can feed on vegetative structures, such as the tips and petioles of cotton leaves (Azambuja & Degrande, 2014), which favors its survival in the off-season period if the stalks are not completely destroyed.
The author places his uncle's rise within the larger historical context: The end of World War I and the ensuing Great Recession coincided with the arrival of the boll weevil in Washington County, Georgia.
Recall from the due process section that several of the examples--Amtrak, and possibly the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy and the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, but not the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners or the Texas homeowners in the water quality protection zones--were vulnerable for bias.