Excerpt from State Normal Magazine, Vol. 19: April, 1915
All the southern and eastern portions of our state were devoted to the production of cotton, the central to the produc tion of tobacco. The western part was so remote, because of the lack of means of transportation, that its people were more independent, raising practically everything necessary for their own personal needs. Their chief occupation was agriculture, but it was carried on differently from that in other sections of the state. They raised in small quantities almost all crops, but especially small grains. Only the crudest farm implements were used, because the slaves were not capable of handling improved machinery, and the landlord, so long as he could have his work done, did not see any need of working himself in order that he might use improved implements. Much cot ton and tobacco were at this early date shipped from North Carolina.
But after the War Between the States we note quite a change in the industrial development of North Carolina. The landlord no longer had, as his property, slaves to do his work.
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