Pharsalia: An Environmental Biography of a Southern by Lynn A. Nelson,Paul S. Sutter PDF

By Lynn A. Nelson,Paul S. Sutter

ISBN-10: 0820326275

ISBN-13: 9780820326276

ISBN-10: 0820334162

ISBN-13: 9780820334165

Pharsalia, a plantation positioned in piedmont Virginia on the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is without doubt one of the best-documented websites of its type. Drawing at the quite wealthy trove of papers left in the back of by means of the Massie kin, Pharsalia's proprietors, this example examine demonstrates how white southern planters mockingly trusted capitalistic tools at the same time they pursued an incredible of agrarian independence. Lynn A. Nelson additionally exhibits how the contradictions among those ends and capability may later show up themselves within the southern conservation movement.

Nelson follows the fortunes of Pharsalia's proprietors, telling how Virginia's conventional huge agriculture contributed to the soil's erosion and exhaustion. next makes an attempt to stability independence and sustainability via a fancy approach of crop rotation and source recycling finally gave option to a thorough, slave-based type of agricultural capitalism.

Pharsalia couldn't help the Massies' aristocratic goals, and it used to be finally parceled up and bought off via kinfolk. The farm's tale embodies a number of basics of contemporary U.S. environmental proposal. Southerners' nineteenth-century quest for monetary and ecological independence supplied the historical past for conservationists' makes an attempt to avoid wasting family members farming. while, farmers' failure to accomplish independence whereas maximizing earnings and crop yields drove them to hunt govt relief and rules. those turned the various hallmarks of conservation efforts within the New Deal and beyond.

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