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On the cotton frontier
This chapter focuses on the cotton frontier in the lower Ocmulgee River in southern Georgia during the 1860s and the role played by white plain folk in the growth of cotton production in the region. It examines how the boundaries between pineland and river bottoms became contested areas pitting the “piney woods against the world” and helped both define and unify plain folk.