Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the American Civil War

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From her birth at the palace at Versailles to her death on a South Carolina plantation, Natalie Delage Sumter (1782-1841) lived a life riveted by escape, adventure, grandeur, and hardship - a saga that spanned several tumultuous decades of French history and included her residence on three continents. The godchild of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and a member of the French nobility, Nathalie de Lage de Volude fled to New York at age eleven at the height of the French Revolution. She lived for eight years in the ...
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From her birth at the palace at Versailles to her death on a South Carolina plantation, Natalie Delage Sumter (1782-1841) lived a life riveted by escape, adventure, grandeur, and hardship - a saga that spanned several tumultuous decades of French history and included her residence on three continents. The godchild of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and a member of the French nobility, Nathalie de Lage de Volude fled to New York at age eleven at the height of the French Revolution. She lived for eight years in the household of politician Aaron Burr and became a confidante of his daughter, Theodosia. On her return voyage to France, Delage fell in love with Thomas Sumter Jr., a diplomat to France and the son of South Carolina's Revolutionary War "Gamecock." The couple enjoyed a celebrated shipboard romance, and with their marriage months afterward, Natalie Sumter entered the world of the southern planter aristocracy. A Lady of the High Hills follows the epic events that took Sumter from one continent to another and included eleven years as a diplomat's wife at the court of Portugal in Brazil, an extended visit to France, where she presented five of her seven children at the court of Charles X, and her final years as a plantation mistress in Stateburg, South Carolina.
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At the beginning of the war the Confederate states relied on exports of cotton, cattle, and corn to finance their military efforts. Surdam (economics, U. of Chicago and U. of Oregon) explores how the US naval blockade was a major factor in starving the rebellious country and its army into submission. He includes many maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570034077
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Studies in Maritime History
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Antebellum Southern Economy
1 An Overview of the Antebellum Southern Economy 11
2 The Confederacy's Ability to Supply Troops and Civilians in Virginia 42
Pt. II The Blockade's Effects on the Confederate War Effort
3 The Blockade's Effects upon the Mississippi Valley's Economy 55
4 The Blockade's Effects upon the Beef and Pork Trade of the Confederacy 61
5 The Blockade's Effects upon Southern Railroads 72
6 The Blockade's Effects upon Military Imports 85
7 The Blockade's Effects upon Civilian Imports 92
8 The Civil War Supply Situation in Virginia 98
Pt. III The War Against Raw Cotton
9 King Cotton's Potential 111
10 An Examination of the Antebellum and Wartime Markets for Raw Cotton and Cotton Textiles 118
11 King Cotton during the War 154
12 The Blockade's Effects upon the Internal Movement of Raw Cotton 163
13 Putting King Cotton to Work for the Federal Government: Federal Policies toward Cotton during the Civil War 187
14 Conclusion: Was the Blocade Worthwhile? 206
App. 1 Calculating Supplies of Meat 211
App. 2 Estimating Potential Total Revenue from Raw Cotton 215
App. 3 A Model of the World Demand for American-Grown Raw Cotton 219
App. 4 Estimating the Growth in Demand for British Cotton Textile Exports 225
App. 5 Estimating the Growth in Demand for American-Grown Raw Cotton 229
Notes 235
Bibliography 255
Index 271
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