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 Posted: Thu Mar 13th, 2008 07:58 pm
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Hank C

I grew up on the Tennessee River, in Alabama. The rivers were the superhiways of the day. That is the reason for your comments. The popular conception of the Antebellum South is that there were plantations all over the place. That is simply not true. Cotton is a heavy bulky product and so you found most of the plantations along the rivers because they offered the easiest cheapest transportation for the cotton. Wherever you found plantations, you also found slavery.

It is interesting to note that North Alabama did have plantations, but because it was hill country and the hill folk were for the most part pretty strong unionists and anti slavery. There was a LOT of conflict in that area.

Ed

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