|Title:||Elias Bliss letter to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey|
|Dates:||1880 May 18|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
Prior to the Civil War, large plantations with slave laborers grew most of the cotton in the South. During Reconstruction, enormous numbers of white small farmers turned to cotton production. Due to the times, a significant amount lost their land and became tenants instead of landowners. Both blacks and whites became stuck in a cycle of debt and poverty that revolved around cotton. Although cotton output soon reached prebellum levels, sharecropping was becoming a problem for the region.
The collection consists of one letter from Elias Bliss in Savannah, Georgia, dated May 18, 1880. It is addressed to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey in New York, and concerns cotton bales and the inactivity of the Savannah cotton market.
Elias Bliss letter to Messrs Haydock and Gwathmey. MS 2238. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.