- THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS: Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad Foreclosure
September 30, 1876 DALLAS, Alabama Economy, Government, Migration/Transportation, Urban-Life/Boosterism
In antebellum America, railroads were the fastest and most popular means of transportation either of goods or passengers. Railroads remained important for supplying goods to others for economic profit. However, poor track conditions often made for delayed trips and spoiled products. Train delays plagued the Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad. The A&C tracks were in horrible condition following the Civil...
- KING COTTON: The Importance of Cotton Production Alabama
February 20, 1884 JEFFERSON, Alabama Agriculture, Economy, Urban-Life/Boosterism
On July 20, 1884, an early morning rain storm brought large drops of water to Montgomery, Alabama. The storm started slowly, with the rainfall increasing as morning approached. Rain fell steadily and consistently for days, so much so that flooding began to occur throughout central Alabama. Waters roared with such wrath that houses along situated along streams were swept away. The flooding caused nearly...
- The War Wasn't the only Factor!
1865 WASHINGTON, Texas Drought of 1865, Economy of the South, 1865
Besides the war, what could possibly ruin the South’s economy in 1865? By the end of the war, the South had been completely devastated by the fighting that they could not afford to have anything else happen to them, but it did. Already suffering from the economic losses of the Civil War, the drought of 1865 left many farmers in the South unable to provide for their family. The Columbia University...