The history of industry and labor in the Post-Civil War South for many historians is a story of coal mining and textile manufacturing. Both industries have generated hundreds of historical monographs and represent a very visible part of Southern labor history, when the South’s largest industry, lumbering, has been virtually ignored. Historian Edward Ayers has reminded us, however, that the lumber industry “captures the full scope of economic change in the New South, its limitations as well as its impact.“1 A few monographs, such as Nollie Hickman’s study of Mississippi and Robert Maxwell and Robert Baker, and Ruth Allen’s work on East Texas, have examined the lumber industry in the South, but for the most part historians have neglected the industry in the region. This is especially true for Florida despite its extraordinary impact on the state and the South.
Drobney, Jeffrey A.
"Company Towns and Social Transformation in the North Florida Timber Industry, 1880-1930,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 75:
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