By Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie
Through the colonial and antebellum classes, Virginia's tobacco manufacturers exploited slave exertions to make sure the profitability in their agricultural firms. within the wake of the Civil conflict, even though, the abolition of slavery, mixed with replaced marketplace stipulations, sparked a breakdown of conventional tobacco tradition. targeting the transformation of social relatives among former slaves and previous masters, Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie strains the trajectory of this breakdown from the appearance of emancipation to the stirrings of African American migration on the flip of the 20 th century.
Drawing upon a wealthy array of assets, Kerr-Ritchie situates the struggles of newly freed humans in the moving parameters of an older slave global, examines the lengthy agricultural melancholy and structural transformation the tobacco financial system underwent among the 1870s and Eighteen Nineties, and surveys the results of those quite a few adjustments on former masters in addition to former slaves. whereas the variety of older freedpeople who owned small parcels of land elevated phenomenally in this interval, he notes, so too did the variety of freedom's more youthful iteration who abandoned the region's farms and plantations for Virginia's cities and towns. either those techniques contributed to the sluggish transformation of the tobacco quarter specifically and the nation in general.
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