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Soil Exhaustion as a Factor in the Agricultural History of Virginia and Maryland, 1606-1860 : Southern Classics - Avery O. Craven

Soil Exhaustion as a Factor in the Agricultural History of Virginia and Maryland, 1606-1860

Southern Classics

By: Avery O. Craven, Louis A. Ferleger (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2007
ISBN: 9781570036811
Number Of Pages: 184

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Recognized since its initial publication in 1926 as a watershed in American historiography, Avery Odelle Craven's study of soil depletion in Virginia and Maryland links elements of Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis, causal aspects of the expansion of slavery, and the economics of staple-crop production into a unified view of southern history from the colonial era to the onset of the Civil War. In this volume Craven initiates a discussion that has changed the way historians view the relationship between historical events and the physical environment. Using Maryland and Virginia as a case study, Craven assesses the abusive relationship between southern planters and their most valuable and abundant resource-the land-to posit that soil depletion and other ruinous agricultural practices contributed greatly to the economic crisis faced by mid-nineteenth-century America. His study traces a series of poor social and economic choices that affected the land and the survival of those who occupied it. Craven's findings still resonate with students and scholars of frontier, social, economic, agricultural, and environmental history.

Series Editors' Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xxix
Soil Fertility and Soil Exhaustionp. 11
The Colonial Period, 1606-1783p. 25
The Post-Revolutionary Period, 1783-1820p. 72
The Agricultural Revival, 1820-1860p. 122
Summary and Conclusionsp. 162
Bibliographyp. 165
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9781570036811
ISBN-10: 1570036810
Series: Southern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st December 2007
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3