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The Effciency of Southern Tenant Plantations, 1900–1945

  • Nancy Virts (a1)

The continued importance of tenant plantations in some areas of the South since the Civil War suggests that there was some advantage to large-scale agriculture. One source of economies of scale was in the marketing of high-quality cotton.

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Joseph Reid , “White Land, Black Labor, and Agricultural Stagnation: The Causes and Effects of Sharecropping in the Postbellum South,” Explorations in Economic History, 16 (01, 1979), pp. 3155.

For examples, see Roger Shugg , “Survival of the Plantation System in Louisiana”, Journal of Southern History, 3 (08. 1937), pp. 311–25;

and Michael Schwartz , Radical Protest and Social Structure: The Southern Farmers' Alliance and Cotton Tenancy, 1880–1890 (New York, 1976), pp. 217–68.

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The Journal of Economic History
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