John Otto's The Final Frontiers, 1880-1930: Settling the Southern PDF

By John Otto

ISBN-10: 0313289638

ISBN-13: 9780313289637

An exam of the payment historical past of the alluvial bottomlands of the decrease Mississippi Valley from 1880 to 1930, this research info how cotton-growers reworked the swamplands of northwestern Mississippi, northeastern Louisiana, northeastern Arkansas, and southern Missouri into cotton fields. even though those alluvial bottomlands contained the richest cotton soils within the American South, cotton-growers within the Southern bottomlands confronted a number of environmental difficulties, together with dense forests, seasonal floods, water-logged soils, terrible transportation, malarial fevers and bug pests. This interdisciplinary method makes use of fundamental and secondary assets from the fields of historical past, geography, sociology, agronomy, and ecology to fill an immense hole in our wisdom of yank environmental history.

Requiring workers to transparent and domesticate their lands, cotton-growers recruited black and white employees from the upland parts of the Southern states. Growers additionally supported the levee districts which outfitted implementing embankments to carry the floodwaters in money. Canals and drainage ditches have been developed to empty the lands, and native railways and graveled railways quickly ended the area's isolation. eventually, quinine and patent medications would provide a few aid from the malarial fevers that bothered bottomland citizens, and advertisement poisons may strive against the neighborhood pests that attacked the cotton vegetation, together with the boll weevils which arrived within the early 20th century.

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