For a number of years historians have been familiar with the work of the so-called commercial conventions which were held in the South during the pre-Civil War period. Three professional studies have been written on the subject of these conventions. These conventions had their beginnings during the troubled times of the panic of 1837; the first one met in 1839; most of them convened during the 1850’s. They were held in the leading cities of the Old South; they were attended by hundreds of men seeking to promote what has come to be known as “southern nationalism;” they did a great deal more than pass resolutions, go home, and prepare for the next convention. Indeed, they were among the outstanding agencies shaping southern political and economic thought of their day.
Jordan, Weymouth T.
"The Florida Plan: An Ante-Bellum Effort to Control Cotton Sales,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 35:
3, Article 3.
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