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Agriculture and Economic Development in Louisiana
Thomas A. Becnel
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BOOK SUMMARY
Transportation, lumbering, general trade and commerce, agriculture, organized labor, and the modern economy in the Louisiana economy.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History was established by the Center for Louisiana Studies to bring to the general public the best in late twentieth-century historical scholarship on Louisiana. Volume 16 is the second topical number to appear in the series. Edited by Thomas A. Becnel, who has an extensive publications record in Louisiana history, this work's component essays trace the peaks and valleys of the Pelican State's economic evolution.

Because the first two chronological volumes in the series-- dealing with the French and Spanish colonial periods-- devote considerable attention to the origins of Louisiana agriculture and commerce, Agriculture and Economic Development in Louisiana concentrates on the period between statehood, 1812, and 1995.

Volume 16 is organized into six major topical divisions: transportation, lumbering, agriculture, general trade and commerce, organized labor, and the modem economy. The transportation, agriculture, and modem economy sections constitute three-fourths of the work.

Transportation is crucial to the development of any market economy, and, between 1815 and 1900, Louisiana experienced revolutionary improvements in its transportation infrastructure, as canal construction, improvements to waterways, railroad development, and highway improvements tied the state's subregions more and more closely together.

The lumbering section traces the rise and fall of Louisiana's once extensive and lucrative cypress industry. In 1914, the Pelican State led the nation in lumber production. Despite a drastic reduction in the extent of forestry activities in Louisiana during the twentieth century, lumbering remains a mainstay of the state's economy, generating approximately $5 billion per annum-- approximately twice the income of the poultry, cotton, sugarcane, and marine fisheries industries combined.

Essays on Louisiana's agricultural sector, which has done so much to shape the state's economic character, focus on the sugarcane, cotton, and rice industries. Individual essays examine the evolution of each industry over the course of two centuries.

The final section offers numerous surprising conclusions about the Pelican State's postmodern status. It also notes the increasing complexity of Louisiana's economic situation, which can only be fully understood by exploring the pages of this book. Buy your copy today!

Volume XVI of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History.

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CONTENTS

An Overview Boom or Bust--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'€šÂ¬Ã…¡Ã‚¬?Louisiana's Economy During the 1830s
by Meri E. Reed

PART I TRANSPORTATION

Land's End
by Albert E. Cowdrey

Where the River Runs Deep
by Joy J. Jackson

The Red
by Walter M, Lowrey

The Calcasieu
by A. Otis Hebert, Jr.

The Teche
by Robert M. Crisler

The Atchafalaya
by Sue Lyies Eakin

The Saga of Water Transportation into Southwest Louisiana to 1900
by Donald J. Millet

The Barataria and Lafourche Canal Company
by Thomas A. Becnel

The Evolution of Rail-Water Systems of Transportation
in the Gulf Southwest, 1836-1890
by James P. Baughman

Wartime Louisiana Railroads
by Lawrence E. Estaville, Jr.

Southwest Louisiana Enters the Railroad Age: 1880-1900
by Donald J. Millet

The B & L Becomes Part of the Gulflntracoastal Waterway
by Thomas A. Becnel

Industry, War, and Commerce on the Mississippi
by Joy J. Jackson

PART II LUMBERING

Lumber and Trade in the Lower Mississippi Valley and New Orleans, 1800-1860
by John A. Eisterhold

The Lumber Industry of "Imperial" Calcasieu: 1865-1900
by Donald J. Millet

The Gulf Lumber Company, Fullerton: A View of Lumbering During Louisiana's Golden Era
by Anna C. Bums

PART III AGRICULTURE

Land Tenure in Louisiana, 1850-1860
by Harry Lewis Coles

Naming the Plantation: An Analytical Survey from Tensas Parish, Louisiana
by Jeffrey Alan Owens

"The Savior of Louisiana"
by J. Carlyle Sitterson

The Cane Country
by Charles P. Roland

Aspects of Slave Management and Maintenance on a Louisiana Sugar
Plantation: Petite Anse, 1840-1860
by James H. Dormon

Modernization of the Louisiana Sugar Industry
by John Alfred Heitmann

The Great Decline and Recovery
by J. Carlyle Sitterson

Prisoner of War Labor in the Sugarcane Fields of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana:1943-1944
by Joseph T. Butler, Jr.

The Cane Mutiny
by Thomas A. Becnel

The Louisiana Sugar Industry in the Twentieth Century
by Glenn R. Conrad and Ray F. Lucas

White Gold: The Confederate Government and Cotton in Louisiana
by Judith F. Gentry

The Civil War and Southern Agriculture, 1860-1865
by John S. Otto

The New Orleans Cotton Exchange: The Formative Years, 1871 -1880
by L. Tuffly Ellis

Credit and Labor Relations in the Postbellum Agricultural South
by Harold D. Woodman

The Louisiana "Buy-A-Bale" of Cotton Movement, 1914
by James L. McCorkle, Jr.

The Early Rice Industry
by Henry Dethloff

Organization for Survival:
The Rice Industry and Protective Tariffs, 1921-1929
by Christopher M. Lee

A New Era
by Henry Dethloff

Agricultural Recovery: The AAA
by George Brown Tindall and David Shi

Rural Poverty and the Struggle to Limit Farm Payments
by Thomas A. Becnel

PART IV GENERAL TRADE, COMMERCE

New Orleans and the River Trade: Reinterpreting the Role of the Business Community
by Lawrence H. Larsen

The Origin and Spread of the Public Market System in New Orleans
by Robert A. Sauder

Footnote to the Coastwise Trade--†â€™Ãƒâ€ Ã¢â‚¬â„¢--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¢--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'‚'‚¬Ã…¡--¢â‚'ƒâ€šÃ‚¬--†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¢'€šÂ¬Ã…¡Ã‚¬?Some Teche Planters and Their Atlantic Factors
by Meri E. Reed

Cattle and Cattlemen of Southwest Louisiana, 1860-1900
by Donald J. Millet

PARTY LABOR

The Typographical Union and the New Orleans General Strike of 1892
by Bernard Cook

Right-to-Work Laws in Louisiana
by Bernard Cook and James Watson

Lumberjacks and Longshoremen: The I. W. W. in Louisiana
by Meri E. Reed

PART VI THE MODERN ECONOMY

Louisiana Summary: Agricultural and Natural Resources, 1995
by Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service

Louisiana Seafood Industry Study: A Summary
by Walter Keithly

Oil and Oyster Industry Conflicts in Coastal Louisiana
by Thomas M. Soniat

The Present State of Louisiana's Oyster Fishery
by Robert Ancelet

Maritime Shipbuilding and Related Activities in Louisiana, 1544-1968
by William Garrett Piston

Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II
by Jerry E. Strahan

The Pine Island Situation: Petroleum, Politics, and Research Opportunities
in Southern History
by Brady M. Banta

Oil on Stream
by John L. Loos

Passive Regulation: Carbon Black as a Conservation Issue in Louisiana during the 1920s
by Brady M. Banta

Socioeconomic Status and Trends
by Lawrence S. McKenzie III, et al.

The Structure of the Louisiana Economy
by Loren C. Scott

The Louisiana Economic Outlook: 1996 and 1997
by Loren C. Scott, James A. Richardson and A. M. M. Jamal

Retail Sales in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area
by Debbie Dupre

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ISBN: 1887366156
ISBN(13-digit): 9781887366151
Copyright: 1997
Library of Congress: 96-084494
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
Binding: Sewn
No. of Pages: 691



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