Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the by J. William Harris

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By J. William Harris

Deep Souths tells the tales of 3 southern areas from Reconstruction to international battle II: the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, the japanese Piedmont of Georgia, and the Georgia Sea Islands and Atlantic coast. notwithstanding those areas at the beginning shared the histories and populations we go along with the belief of a "Deep South"—all had economies according to slave plantation hard work in 1860—their histories diverged sharply through the 3 generations after Reconstruction. With study accumulated from oral histories, census experiences, and a large choice of different resources, Harris strains those local alterations in cumulative tales of people around the social spectrum. Deep Souths offers a comparative and ground-level view of heritage that demanding situations the concept that the decrease South used to be both uniform or static within the period of segregation. via the top of the recent Deal period, adjustments in those areas had ready the best way for the civil rights circulate and the top of segregation.

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Land and labor 27 Georgia’s Eastern Piedmont On a trip away from home that summer of 1876, David C. , who was looking after Syls Fork in his absence. The cotton gin on the plantation needed repairs, he reminded his son, and it was time to plan for the next year. ‘‘I do not think I shall want to hire more than two men for money wages,’’ he told Dave. ’’ Two men, of course, could hardly tend a large plantation, and the two wage hands would work only on the small part of Syls Fork that Barrow himself expected to operate.

Many contemporary observers deplored this crop lien system as giving control of the countryside to the merchant, who told the farmer what to plant and prevented southern farmers from diversifying their crops. It was also commonly charged that creditors, whether merchants or landlords, manipulated prices and interest charges to make sure that debts were never fully paid off. ’’∏≥ More recent writers have agreed with parts of this indictment and argued that most merchants could get away with this because they held local monopolies on both credit and supplies, so that customers literally had no choice in the matter.

In order to raise enough cash to put off the most insistent creditors and save his plantation. In January 1877 he accepted ‘‘with relief’’ a proposal from his cousin James Heyward to lease the plantation, handle all expenses, run the operation, and pay as rent to Manigault half of his net profits. ≥≠ Louis Manigault’s hard lessons in rice growing were common in the rice lands after the Civil War. Still, some learned better than others, and by 1870 planters had partly restored rice plantation agriculture.

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