By R. Douglas Hurt

during this finished historical past, R. Douglas harm lines the decline and fall of agriculture within the accomplice States of the USA. The spine of the southern economic system, agriculture used to be a resource of energy that southerners believed may determine their independence. yet, season by means of season and 12 months by way of yr, harm convincingly exhibits how the disintegration of southern agriculture ended in the decline of the Confederacy's army, financial, and political energy. He examines nearby adaptations within the japanese and Western Confederacy, linking the fates of person plants and assorted modes of farming and planting to the broader tale. After a gloomy harvest in past due 1864, southerners--faced with starvation and privation during the region--ransacked farms within the Shenandoah Valley and pillaged plantations within the Carolinas and the Mississippi Delta, they eventually discovered that their agricultural energy, and their govt itself, had failed. damage exhibits how this final misplaced harvest had repercussions that lasted way past the top of the Civil War.

Assessing agriculture in its fiscal, political, social, and environmental contexts, damage sheds new mild at the destiny of the Confederacy from the optimism of secession to the truth of collapse.

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