Edmund Ruffin and the Crisis of Slavery in the Old South

The Failure of Agricultural Reform

Title Details

Pages: 302

Trim size: 152.400mm x 228.600mm

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 10/01/2012

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4167-5

List Price: $29.95

Edmund Ruffin and the Crisis of Slavery in the Old South

The Failure of Agricultural Reform

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  • Description
In 1818, Edmund Ruffin, then a young Virginia planter, began conducting chemical and rotational experiments on his Coggin's Point plantation on the James River. His findings became the basis for the most progressive and sophisticated reform proposals to be formulated in the slaveholding South. Tracing Ruffin's passionate advocacy of both agricultural reform and slavery, William M. Mathew pinpoints in this book many of the contradictions that underlay the economic and social structures of the antebellum South.

About the Author/Editor

WILLIAM M. MATHEW is a senior fellow in history at the University of East Anglia. He is also the author of Edmund Ruffin and the Crisis of Slavery in the Old South: The Failure of Agricultural Reform (Georgia). His other books include The House of Gibbs and the Peruvian Guano Monopoly.