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Agriculture and the Confederacy – Policy, Productivity, and Power in the Civil War South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Agriculture and the Confederacy: Policy, Productivity, and Power in the Civil War South

R. Douglas Hurt


This book traces the decline and fall of agriculture in the Confederate States of America. The backbone of the southern economy, agriculture was a source of power that southerners believed would ensure their independence. But, season by season and year by year, the book convincingly shows how the disintegration of southern agriculture led to the decline of the Confederacy's military, economic, and political power. It examines regional variations in the Eastern and Western Confederacy, linking the fates of individual crops and different modes of farming and planting to the wider story. After a ... More

Keywords: agriculture, southern economy, farming, southerners, Civil War, Confederacy, Mississippi Delta, Shenandoah Valley, secession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469620008
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Douglas Hurt, author