New PDF release: Agriculture and the Confederacy: Policy, Productivity, and

By R. Douglas Hurt

during this complete historical past, R. Douglas harm strains the decline and fall of agriculture within the accomplice States of the United States. The spine of the southern economic system, agriculture used to be a resource of energy that southerners believed could determine their independence. yet, season via season and 12 months by way of 12 months, damage convincingly indicates how the disintegration of southern agriculture resulted in the decline of the Confederacy's army, financial, and political energy. He examines neighborhood adaptations within the japanese and Western Confederacy, linking the fates of person vegetation and various modes of farming and planting to the broader tale. After a dark harvest in past due 1864, southerners--faced with starvation and privation in the course of 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. harm indicates how this final misplaced harvest had repercussions that lasted way past the tip of the Civil War.

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

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