Agriculture in Ante-Bellum Mississippi

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781258426286
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/14/2012
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


A native Mississippian, John Hebron Moore retired from the history department at Florida State University in 1993. He is the author of The Emergence of the Cotton Kingdom in the Old Southwest and Andrew Brown and Cypress Lumbering in the Old Southwest.


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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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface vii

Introduction ix

Preface to the First Edition 9

I Mississippi's Search for a Staple Crop 13

II Evolution of Petit Gulf Cotton 27

III The Formative Period of Agriculture 37

IV The 1837-1849 Depression and the Agricultural Reform Movement 69

V Livestock and Livestock Breeding 93

VI Corn, the Principal Food Crop 109

VII Minor Food Crops 123

VIII Mississippi Cotton Breeders 145

IX Cotton Production During the Depression 161

X Prosperity, Technological Progress and Secession 179

Notes 209

Bibliography 245

Index 259

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