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By R. Douglas Hurt

during this accomplished heritage, R. Douglas harm strains the decline and fall of agriculture within the accomplice States of the USA. The spine of the southern financial system, agriculture was once a resource of strength that southerners believed could make sure their independence. yet, season through season and yr by means of yr, harm convincingly exhibits how the disintegration of southern agriculture resulted in the decline of the Confederacy's army, fiscal, and political strength. He examines local adaptations within the japanese and Western Confederacy, linking the fates of person plants and varied modes of farming and planting to the broader tale. After a depressing harvest in past due 1864, southerners--faced with starvation and privation in the course of the region--ransacked farms within the Shenandoah Valley and pillaged plantations within the Carolinas and the Mississippi Delta, they eventually learned that their agricultural energy, and their executive itself, had failed. harm indicates how this final misplaced harvest had repercussions that lasted way past the tip of the Civil War.

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

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