Agriculture and the Confederacy: Policy, Productivity, and by R. Douglas Hurt PDF

By R. Douglas Hurt

during this finished heritage, R. Douglas damage strains the decline and fall of agriculture within the accomplice States of the USA. The spine of the southern economic climate, agriculture used to be a resource of strength that southerners believed might be certain their independence. yet, season by means of season and yr through 12 months, harm convincingly indicates how the disintegration of southern agriculture ended in the decline of the Confederacy's army, financial, and political energy. He examines local diversifications within the japanese and Western Confederacy, linking the fates of person plants and various modes of farming and planting to the broader tale. After a gloomy harvest in past due 1864, southerners--faced with starvation and privation through the region--ransacked farms within the Shenandoah Valley and pillaged plantations within the Carolinas and the Mississippi Delta, they eventually learned that their agricultural energy, and their govt itself, had failed. damage indicates how this final misplaced harvest had repercussions that lasted well past the tip of the Civil War.

Assessing agriculture in its monetary, political, social, and environmental contexts, damage sheds new gentle at the destiny of the Confederacy from the optimism of secession to the truth of collapse.

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