Cotton is King

August 28, 1849 Welcome to the age of King Cotton. There is an air of excitement and joy in the south as cotton production has become a major export for America, booming the southern economy. Nearly all new farmers in the south are producing short-staple cotton. This dramatic shift comes after an age of unreliable…

The Life of Eli Whitney

January 12, 1825 4 days ago, the United States lost a key figure in modern agriculture and production. Eli Whitney, born in 1765, was an “inventor, engineer, husband, and father“. He is survived by a wife and seven children. Whitney will be remembered for his ingenious inventions, including interchangeable parts and the cotton gin. The…

The Agricultural Economy of the South

December 3rd, 1813 Traveling from Baltimore to Wilmington, North Carolina was a surprisingly informative ride. The many houses and people of the city fade away into long expanses of land. As we passed by a variety of farms, the gloomy September sky crept up on us. These farms were oddly clear representations of different walks…