Trade and Currency in Early Oregon; A Study in the Commercial and Monetary History of the Pacific Northwest Volume 68-71

Trade and Currency in Early Oregon; A Study in the Commercial and Monetary History of the Pacific Northwest Volume 68-71

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... free worker per year, which was about twenty pounds (at the rate of one shilling six pence per day). As the opportunities for white labor increased with the industrial progress of the country the difierence became still greater. We do not mean to maintain that the existence of tobacco cultivation was conditioned by slave labor for, as we pointed out above, cultivation had flourished before slave labor was important, and it has certainly flourished 'American Husbandry, vol. i, pp. 229, 233-234. since the abolition of slavery. Slavery was merely a more lucrative means of exploiting the wealth of a rich and fertile soil. VV_l1gLcheap slave labor did do was to lower the co_st_offl_pro(luction and thereby cheap_e.n_t_he price of tobacco to _thg __c, on_sumer, turn. Stimulated further consun3p_t_iQn_Q_I1_d _cultivatio_n. It may fairly be said that the consumer profited by this slave labor quite as much as, if not more than, the planter and landlord. The unscientific method of cultivating tobacco, under the one-crop system, did not require more skill than the negro possessed. The planter, moreover, could not always depend on hired labor during the busy season, so that the slave labor was again an advantage over the hired help. Permanent possession of slave labor made possible constant employment throughout the year, especially where forests had to be cleared for further extension of arable land. In the manufacture of garments and the preparation of foods for plantation consumption also, the slave was serviceable. After the tobacco crop was harvested and prepared for shipment, the labor power of the slave was directed and utilized in these secondary _o gupations._ _ _ As the fertility of the Southern soil made the...
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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236990986
  • 9781236990983