Cotton and Conquest: How the Plantation System Acquired by Roger G. Kennedy,William DeBuys

By Roger G. Kennedy,William DeBuys

This sweeping paintings of heritage explains the westward unfold of cotton agriculture and slave exertions around the South and into Texas in the course of the a long time ahead of the Civil struggle. In arguing that the U.S. acquisition of Texas originated with planters’ want for brand new lands to commit to cotton cultivation, celebrated writer Roger G. Kennedy takes an extended view. finding the genesis of Southern expansionism within the Jeffersonian period, Cotton and Conquest stretches from 1790 in the course of the finish of the Civil struggle, weaving overseas trade, American celebration politics, technological innovation, Indian-white kinfolk, frontier surveying practices, and numerous social, fiscal, and political occasions into the tapestry of Texas history.

The innumerable dots the writer deftly connects take the tale a ways past Texas. Kennedy starts with a close chronicle of the trade linking British and French cloth generators and retailers with Southern cotton plantations. whilst the cotton states seceded from the Union, they overvalued British and French dependence on Southern cotton. accordingly, the Southern plantocracy believed that the British might proceed aiding using slaves for you to maintain the availability of cotton—a miscalculation with dire effects for the Confederacy.

As cartographers and surveyors positioned obstacles laid out in new foreign treaties and alliances, they violated previous agreements with Indian tribes. The Indians have been to be displaced over again, now from Texas cotton lands. The plantation approach was once hence a major mover at the back of Indian removing, Kennedy exhibits, and it yielded energy and riches for planters, bankers, retailers, millers, land speculators, Indian-fighting generals and politicians, and slave traders.

In Texas, on the plantation system’s farthest geographic achieve, cotton scored its final triumphs. nobody who seeks to appreciate the advanced heritage of Texas can omit this book.

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