Pharsalia: An Environmental Biography of a Southern Plantation, 1780-1880

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Description: Meticulously researched, this life history of a spot of red clay land illuminates many of the key trends in antebellum Virginia history, namely the attempt of planters and farmers to make a living and gain (or keep) respectability by turning land into profit-generating agricultural engines. The catch, as with all such intensive capitalist farming, was that high capital outlays were required yearly but the harvest was still limited by natural conditions, be they drought, too much rain, frost, pests, diseases or international market volatility.
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