Soil Exhaustion as a Factor in the Agricultural History of Virginia and Maryland

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Soil Exhaustion as a Factor in the Agricultural History of Virginia and Maryland PDF ebook download Recognized since its initial publication in 1926 as awatershed in American historiography, Avery Odelle Craven's study of soildepletion in Virginia and Maryland links elements of Frederick JacksonTurner's frontier thesis, causal aspects of the expansion of slavery, andthe economics of staple-crop production into a unified view of southernhistory from the colonial era to the onset of the Civil War.

Using Maryland and Virginia as a case study, Craven (1885—1980)assesses the abusive relationship between southern planters and their mostvaluable and abundant resource—the land—to posit that soil depletion andother ruinous agricultural practices contributed greatly to the economiccrisis faced by mid-nineteenth-century America. His study traces a seriesof poor social and economic choices that affected the land and the survivalof those who occupied it.

In his detailed introduction to the new edition, Louis A. Ferlegersets Craven's first publication in its historical context and offers anappreciation of the historian's life and subsequent contributions to thefield of southern history.

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