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By Brooks Blevins
This primary background of livestock elevating in a southern country files the advance of the in Alabama from colonial instances to the current in the broader contexts of southern and American agricultural historical past. livestock elevating at the present time is the main largely practiced type of agriculture in Alabama and ranks moment in simple terms to the chicken when it comes to profit. Brooks Blevins not just relates the advance and relative significance of the to agricultural practices but in addition offers it as an indispensable component to southern heritage, inextricably associated with problems with sectional politics, progressivism, race and sophistication struggles, and rural depopulation. Blevins's examine raises our figuring out of the historical past of southern agriculture through delivering a necessary version of a narrative repeated during the South.
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Several claimants reported the loss of hundreds of head of cattle, including Charles Conway of Mobile County (750) and Moses Stedham of Baldwin County (500). Others included Don Miguel Eslava, a Spaniard who had owned the largest herd east of Mobile Bay before the war, and the Trouillets, free blacks who lost over 100 head of cattle. 27 On the eve of Alabama's statehood in 1819 cattle played an integral role in the territory's agriculture and economy. A host of cultures and nationalities had contributed to herding systems throughout the state.
One historian of Clarke County, writing in the 1870s, recalled a Dr. Earle who had settled on the Tombigbee in 1824 with a large herd of cattle brought from Georgia. On his arrival in Clarke County in 1834, Tennessean David Byrd discovered plentiful herds of cattle in the area. . "7 Southeastern Alabama also had its share of cattle raisers. Among them was William Cawthon, a Universalist preacher, businessman, and cattle baron who settled near Dothan and built a number of pine-pole cowpens. " The Reverend F.
Gray identifies an 8,000-square-mile upland pine belt in southern Alabama that was settled by small farmers and herders. Frank L. Owsley notes that livestock Page 17 ranged the uncultivated piney woods of Alabama up to the Civil War. This historian also realizes the mountain soils offered better ranges than those of the piney woods, but fewer cattle roamed the hillsides and mountains because of the rugged terrain. Historian John D. W. Guice suggests that cattle raising was the first profitable and lasting agricultural industry of southern Alabama and Mississippi.
Cattle in the cotton fields: a history of cattle raising in Alabama by Brooks Blevins