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Cattle in the cotton fields: a history of cattle raising in by Brooks Blevins

By Brooks Blevins

This primary heritage of farm animals elevating in a southern kingdom records the advance of the in Alabama from colonial instances to the current in the broader contexts of southern and American agricultural historical past. farm animals elevating at the present time is the main generally practiced type of agriculture in Alabama and ranks moment purely to the chook when it comes to profit. Brooks Blevins not just relates the improvement and relative value of the to agricultural practices but additionally provides it as an vital element of southern background, inextricably associated with problems with sectional politics, progressivism, race and sophistication struggles, and rural depopulation. Blevins's learn raises our realizing of the heritage of southern agriculture through offering a helpful version of a narrative repeated during the South.

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British authorities assembled the group in an attempt to halt the Creeks' practice of killing the white men's straggling cows. " Chief Emistisiugo quickly asserted that he was not referring to "a few Cows" but several herds of cattle: "Besides Mr. " After naming eight cattlemen who had settled within Creek territory, Emistisiugo accused Stuart of breaking a 1765 agreement when he had his cattle driven through Creek lands on the way to his plantation east of Mobile Bay. Furthermore, the chief complained of a herder whom the Cherokees had allowed to settle along the upper forks of the Coosa River, from which location he drove cattle into Creek territory.

A 1771 congress between British authorities in West Florida and representatives of the Creek nation reflected the difficulties that arose from the arrival of cattle herders from the east. British authorities assembled the group in an attempt to halt the Creeks' practice of killing the white men's straggling cows. " Chief Emistisiugo quickly asserted that he was not referring to "a few Cows" but several herds of cattle: "Besides Mr. " After naming eight cattlemen who had settled within Creek territory, Emistisiugo accused Stuart of breaking a 1765 agreement when he had his cattle driven through Creek lands on the way to his plantation east of Mobile Bay.

9 Census records from the antebellum era reflect the importance of cattle raising in the piney woods. In 1850, the ten leading cattlemen of Covington County owned an average of more than 250 head. 10 In both counties the largest herders devoted their energies almost exclusively to livestock raising. In Covington County, John Barrow owned 362 head of cattle, 13 sheep, and 60 hogs in 1850; he raised no cotton on his 700-acre farm. Another Covington County herder, Allen Hart, owned no land but ranged 284 cattle, 12 sheep, and 250 hogs.

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