The South To-day

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byJohn Monroe Moore

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE NEW ERA ON THE FARM 1. Farming before 1860 The Great Industry. The one great industry of the old South was agriculture, and to it all others were subservient or tributary. The physical qualities and conditions of the country had no little influence in determining the pursuits of the colonists, their traits of character, and the trend of their history. New England's harsh climate, its glaciated soil and limited area forbade any extensive and highly fruitful agriculture. Natural conditions forced the people to barter with the Indians, to gain profit from the teeming fisheries of the coast, to build and hire vessels for coast-wise commerce, and eventually to develop manufacture as the chief wealth-producing occupation by which the population could be sustained. Landholdings then were small, and the density of the population increased with its growth. The Southern colonies, on the other hand, not only found a mild climate with considerable variety, but also a large domain, extending a distance of one thousand miles, having a breadth of fifty to three hundred miles from the sea to the mountain range, of flat or gently rolling land of immense fertility, with numerous large rivers and with a seashore of one thousand miles, indented by many bays and estuaries. The forests with their soft woods and little underbrush were easily cleared. This great area of 340,000 square miles was so favorable to remunerative agriculture that from the beginning of the Jamestown settlement farming became almost the exclusive occupation of the people. The land grants in the South were large and the profitable areas were devoted to expansive rather than intensive crops. Much of this territory was in the bottom lands of the great rivers, in the swampy regions of the ba...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE NEW ERA ON THE FARM 1. Farming before 1860 The Great Industry. The one great industry of the old South was ag...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021710634X

ISBN - 13:9780217106344

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