Arranged in sections discussing southern agricultural history, Edmund Ruffin's observations on nature, his ideas about land reform, and his plans for soil rejuvenation. This volume offers his less known but equally intense passion for agricultural study. It presents a portrait of a progressive agronomist and pioneering conservationist.
Jack Temple Kirby is emeritus W. E. Smith Professor of American History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His most recent books include Working the Garden and The Countercultural South (Georgia).