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Unredeemed Land – An Environmental History of Civil War and Emancipation in the Cotton South - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Unredeemed Land: An Environmental History of Civil War and Emancipation in the Cotton South

Erin Stewart Mauldin


An important reconsideration of the Civil War’s role in southern history, Unredeemed Land examines the ways that military conflict and emancipation reconfigured the landscape of the rural South, and uncovers the environmental constraints that shaped the rural South’s transition to capitalism during the late nineteenth century. Dixie’s “King Cotton” required extensive land-use techniques, fresh soil, and slave-based agriculture in order to remain profitable. But wartime destruction and the rise of the contract labor system closed off those possibilities and necessitated increasingly intensive c ... More

Keywords: cotton, civil war, emancipation, environmental history, southern history, the South, Reconstruction, sharecropping, African Americans, agriculture

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190865177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190865177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Stewart Mauldin, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

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