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By Lynn Willoughby

ISBN-10: 058521297X

ISBN-13: 9780585212975

ISBN-10: 0817306803

ISBN-13: 9780817306809

In Fair to Middlin', Lynn Willoughby describes the livelihood of the nearby antebellum economic climate surrounding the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee River valley and the ensuing international influence of this undefined. This research makes a speciality of the port of Apalachicola, Florida and the enterprise males who lived the exchange, flourishing among the bad stipulations of transportation, verbal exchange, funds, and banking. Cotton businessmen positioned alongside the waterway and at the coast well divided the labour essential to marketplace the region's significant resource of source of revenue. Early nearby economics revolved round and grew from the rivers that served because the basic type of transportation, and every patchwork of economic system within the antebellum South trusted a special river method and its significant transportation artery. Few humans actually comprehend and become aware of how very important cotton used to be to the world's economic climate, and no different American export got here on the subject of the significance of cotton. This strength and good fortune allowed the South to operate self-sufficiently, disposing of the necessity to depend on different areas for items. It was once no longer till the advent of the railroad process that those person river economies blurred and pale into each other, steadily uniting to 1 built-in nationwide economy.

Fair to Middlin' is the recipient of the 1992 Mrs. Simon Baruch college Award of The United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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7 But rivers could not take one everywhere one wished to go. Soon visionaries began building canals to link interior areas to the country's riverine network. The most successful such project was the Erie Canal, completed in 1825, which allowed one to travel from the Page 3 Great Lakes region of the Midwest to the port of New York via water alone. The success of the canal partly explains why New York became the nation's financial and commercial hub by 1860. 8 Eventually the railroad would further augment the nation's waterways by joining river systems to each other and moving into new areas never serviced by water.

All day long their clerks bent over the precious accounting books that brought order to the entire operation. Long into the night, lamplights glowed from the upstairs windows of the counting rooms on Water Street. These people were as obsessed with the staple as were their counterparts in Mobile, where one visitor claimed: "people live in cotton houses and ride in cotton carriages. They buy cotton, sell cotton, think cotton, eat cotton, drink cotton, and dream cotton. They marry cotton wives, and unto them are born cotton children.

It permeates through every department of civilized, and it may be, uncivilized life. . Wonderful! most wonderful! is the power of cotton! " 16 The Cotton South was not monolithic in its development. Instead, it was more a patchwork of separate economies, each developing at its own pace, each based on cotton but reliant on a different river system as its major transportation artery. Because roads in the modern sense did not yet exist to join each river system to each other, each of these river economies within the South could more easily communicate with other regions by salt water than through the forests that separated them.

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