The Emergence of the Cotton Kingdom in the Old Southwest

The Emergence of the Cotton Kingdom in the Old Southwest

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The Old South's Cotton Kingdom arose simultaneously in two widely separated localities, the backcountry of the South Atlantic states and the east bank of the Mississippi River. Spreading from these places of origin and later merging, the east and west branches of the upland short-staple cotton industry developed along similar lines until the Civil War. John Hebron Moore's The Emergence of the Cotton Kingdom in the Old Southwest: Mississippi, 1770--1860 traces the evolution of cotton culture in the region bordering the Mississippi River. Moore examines the society supported by that industry, emphasizing technological changes that transformed cotton plantations into agricultural equivalents of factories and slaves into Mule-drawn equipment led to the introduction of improved methods of managing plantation slaves, and that in turn altered the nature of plantation slavery significantly. Moore focuses on Mississippi as both the pioneer cotton state of the Old Southwest and the Old South's leading producer of cotton between 1835 and 1860. Progressive planters made major contributions ot the success of the antebellum upland cotton industry, including the breeding of superior varieties of cotton, the introduction of improved farm implements and machinery, the development of effective methods of combating soil erosion, and systems for managing slaves based upon incentives rather than coercion. In addition, unlike other studies of antebellum southern agriculture, this book examines the contributions to the success of cotton industry made by steamboats and railroads, manufacturing establishments, and the urban population.Mississippi, 1770-1860 John Hebron Moore. Nevertheless, by the mid 1850s a good many planters who had been enthusiastic about the breeding of pure- blooded hogs during the preceding decade ... Daniel O. Williams originally expected his son to raise enough hogs to feed the slaves on their Deer Creek plantation in Issaquena ... Whether Sampson followed his fathera#39;s harsh instructions is unknown.

Title:The Emergence of the Cotton Kingdom in the Old Southwest
Author:John Hebron Moore
Publisher:LSU Press - 1988-01


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