"Sequestering" Resources-- the South and the North

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jul 15 08:09:35 MDT 2003

dms wrote:
> My reason for producing the data was to bolster the argument that 1. the war
> definitely was about the development of productive forces .

But sharecropping, seasonal labor contracts of the kind described by B.
Traven in his "jungle" novels, cotton-picking by hand, convict labor and
Jim Crow extra-economic constraints rather than wage labor and
mechanization remained the rule until the 1950s. Seymour Melman wrote an
article in the Journal of Economic History in 1949 titled "The
Industrial Revolution in the South" that argued that pressures for lower
production costs and market prices were finally driving the transition
to the factory-farm. That's over 90 years after the end of the Civil War.


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