Louisiana Sugar Plantations During the Civil War / Edition 1

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This early work by esteemed historian Charles P. Roland draws from an abundance of primary sources to describe how the Civil War brought south Louisiana's sugarcane industry to the brink of extinction, and disaster to the lives of civilians both black and white. A gifted raconteur, Roland sets the scene where the Louisiana cane country formed "a favored and colorful part of the Old South," and then unfolds the series of events that changed it forever: secession, blockade, invasion, occupation, emancipation, and defeat. Though sugarcane survived, production did not match prewar levels for twenty-five years. Roland's approach is both illustrative of an earlier era and remarkably seminal to current emancipation studies. He displays sympathy for plantation owners' losses, but he considers as well the sufferings of women, slaves, and freedmen, yielding a rich study of the social, cultural, economic, and agricultural facets of Louisiana's sugar plantations during the Civil War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807122211
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,002,804
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles P. Roland is emeritus professor of history at the University of Kentucky and the author of Albert Sidney Johnston and other works.

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Table of Contents

I The Cane Country 1
II The Peculiar Institution and Plantation Routine 10
III Secession and Faraway War 19
IV Eve of Invasion 27
V Blockade and Invasion 42
VI Winds of Destruction 57
VII Barren Harvest 75
VIII Emancipated Labor 92
IX From Exultation to Despair 117
X Frolics and Frivolities 129
XI Epilogue 137
Bibliography 140
Index 144
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