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Pharsalia : an environmental biography of a southern plantation, 1780-1880

Author: Lynn A Nelson
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2007.
Series: Environmental history and the American South.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Pharsalia, a plantation located in Piedmont Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, is one of the best-documented sites of its kind. Drawing on the exceptionally rich trove of papers left behind by the Massie family, Pharsalia's owners, this case study demonstrates how white southern planters paradoxically relied on capitalistic methods even as they pursued an ideal of agrarian independence. Lynn A.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Massey family.; Massey family.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn A Nelson
ISBN: 0820326275 9780820326276 9780820334165 0820334162
OCLC Number: 69679939
Notes: Paperback edition published 2009.
Description: xviii, 295 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the soils of old Virginia --
1. Property lines and power before Pharsalia, 1738-1796 --
2. Independence and the birth of Pharsalia, 1796-1830 --
3. Pharsalia's ecological crisis, 1828-1848 --
4. Capitalism and conservation at Pharsalia, 1848-1862 --
5. The gentry family and the fall of Pharsalia, 1861-1889 --
Epilogue : mourning Pharsalia.
Series Title: Environmental history and the American South.
Responsibility: Lynn A. Nelson.
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Pharsalia, a plantation located in piedmont Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of the best-documented sites of its kind. This case study follows the fortunes of Pharsalia's  Read more...

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