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A New Kind of Planter

A New Kind of Planter

(p.112) Chapter 4 A New Kind of Planter
Builders of a New South
Aaron D. Anderson
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the economic relationships between Natchez merchants and area planters and small landowners. It illustrates the complex nature of the land dealings that members of the merchant class conducted as a part of their entrepreneurial and mercantile endeavors, and it contains three elements of debt crucial to merchant land dealings: plantation supply liens on crops, lands mortgaged by trust deed, and tax debt. It describes the Natchez postbellum merchants as a “new kind of planter” who on countless occasions owned, operated, or leased plantations in their own right.

Keywords:   Natchez District, merchants, plants, landowners, economic relationships, debt, merchant class, plantations

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