In 1973, Hilliard, a geographer and anthropologist, published this important examination of the food supply in the American South. A revisionist view of a subject much discussed by historians, it was ahead of its time and has been long out of print. Now recognized as a groundbreaking work, it deals mainly with the period 1840-1880 and demonstrates that in those years, which led up to the Civil War, the South had nearly full food self-sufficiency. In making this point, Hilliard challenges a long-held conviction by many students of the origins of the war that this was not the case. He supports his view with meticulously gathered evidence, including county-by-county maps displaying production of key commodities and export figures from the ports of New Orleans, Mobile, and Charleston. This reissue is part of a program directed by the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Maps and graphs. Paperback.
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