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Agriculture in ante-bellum Mississippi /
John Hebron Moore ; new introduction by Douglas Helms.
imprint
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
description
xvii, 270 p.
ISBN
1570038775 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781570038778 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
isbn
1570038775 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781570038778 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Mississippi's search for a staple crop -- Evolution of Petit Gulf cotton -- The formative period of agriculture -- The 1837-1849 Depression and the agricultural reform movement -- Livestock and livestock breeding -- Corn, the principal food crop -- Minor food crops -- Mississippi cotton breeders -- Cotton production during the Depression -- Prosperity, technological progress, and Secession
general note
"Published in cooperation with the Institute for Southern Studies of the University of South Carolina."
Originally published: New York : Bookman Associates, 1958.
catalogue key
7061171
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Douglas Helms is a historian with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is the author of Readings in the History of the Soil Conservation Service and of numerous articles on the cotton boll weevil.
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A germinal case study of the antebellum cotton kingdom as it manifested itself in the Deep South
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First published in 1958, John Hebron Moore's Agriculture in Ante-Bellum Mississippi presents a clear survey of the methods, mechanical and genetic technologies, labor management, and economic viability of the Old South's cotton kingdom as it existed in Mississippi.
Main Description
First published in 1958, John Hebron Moore's Agriculture in Ante-Bellum Mississippi presents a clear survey of the methods, mechanical and genetic technologies, labor management, and economic viability of the Old South's cotton kingdom as it existed in Mississippi. Moore's objective study is arranged along chronological and topical lines and assesses the agricultural history of the whole state to the eve of the Civil War without romanticism. Moore offers an insightful history of Mississippi's transition from the soil-exhausting frontier agriculture of the early Natchez era to the largely self-sufficient, scientifically based, and highly profitable upland cotton farming that followed in the 1850s and 1860s. The work is distinguished in its thorough discussion of the development of cotton culture in the Natchez District as independent from the efforts of cotton planters along the Atlantic Coast, its exploration of antebellum cotton breeding techniques, and its analysis of the role of the 1837-49 economic depression as the impetus for agricultural renaissance that made cotton Mississippi's most profitable crop in the 1850s. In a quiet manner, Moore's book anticipated the methodologies of Robert William Fogel and Stanley L. Engerman's Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery (1974) and the temperament of Eugene D. Genovese's Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made (1974).This Southern Classics edition includes a new introduction by agricultural historian Douglas Helms that places the book within the historical context of its original publication and discusses how its influence has become interwoven in current scholarship.
Table of Contents
Series Editors' Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. 9
Mississippi's Search for a Staple Cropp. 13
Evolution of Petit Gulf Cottonp. 27
The Formative Period of Agriculturep. 37
The 1837-1849 Depression and the Agricultural Reform Movementp. 69
Livestock and Livestock Breedingp. 93
Corn, the Principal Food Cropp. 109
Minor Food Cropsp. 123
Mississippi Cotton Breedersp. 145
Cotton Production During the Depressionp. 161
Prosperity, Technological Progress and Secessionp. 179
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 259
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