Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase

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Appendix

Another Stream

At one stage in its development this was a much bigger book, attempting to tell the story along two parallel lines, one proceeding southwestward from Virginia and the other emanating from Wade Hampton's South Carolina. At a second stage, recognizing that everything cannot be done in a book of moderate length, the Carolina stream was reduced to an appendix. Even then, as I endeavored to suggest the differences between the origin, nature, and effects of the tobacco and cotton culture of the Chesapeake and those springing from the Low Country cultivation of rice, indigo, and sugar, and the equivalent differences between the intellectual elite of Virginia and that of the Carolinas, the appendix grew to book length. The men of the Chesapeake and those of the Low Country talked, wrote, and lived differently from each other; their architecture and their way of arranging their buildings on the land differed; their effects upon the land differed, as well. So trusting the reader to be willing to leave all that aside, here are the other subjects I think essential to rounding out discussions initiated in the text but which if pursued in place would impede the course of the narrative or analysis.


Jefferson, Madison, Adam Smith,
and the Chesapeake Cities

Thomas Jefferson's encomium to the little seaport towns of the Chesapeake calls to mind John Adams's famous comment that his friend Jefferson was never happier than in the Paris of the ancien régime. The chasm between Port Tobacco or Norfolk and Paris is wide enough to include most of the cities of humankind, and all those having smokestacks. Yet the Chesapeake cities were handsome enough in a red-brick-with-white trim sort of way to induce many

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chronology xiii
  • Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause *
  • Part One - The Land and Mr. Jefferson 1
  • 1 - Choices and Consequences 5
  • 2 - Washington, Jefferson, Three Worthies,and Plantation Migrancy 17
  • 3 - The Way Not Taken 26
  • 4 - Independence 43
  • 5 - Powers of the Earth 60
  • 6 - Jefferson's Opportunities and the Land 73
  • Part Two - The Invisible Empire and the Land 85
  • 7 - Colonial-Imperialism 87
  • 8 - Textile Colonial-Imperialism 97
  • Part Three - Resistance to the Plantation System 115
  • 9 - McGillivray 119
  • 10 - Resisters, Assisters, and Lost Causes 129
  • 11 - The Firm Steps Forward 144
  • 12 - Jeffersonian Strategy and Jeffersonian Agents 152
  • Part Four - Agents of the Master Organism: Assistants to the Plantation System 169
  • 13 - Fulwar Skipwith in Context 173
  • 14 - Destiny by Intention 193
  • 15 - Louisiana and Another Class of Virginians 205
  • 16 - The Virginians of Louisiana Decide the Future of the Land 217
  • Epilogue 235
  • Appendix 245
  • Notes 262
  • Bibliographic Note 307
  • Bibliography 312
  • Index 336
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