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Mountain Farmers and the Market Economy: Ashe County during the 1850s

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During the Antebellum Period, mountain farmers in the Appalachian region of Ashe County lived in a fairly isolated area but took part in the growing market economy on an increasingly regular basis. While large-scale farmers grew the majority of commercial crops, most mountain farmers traded and sold their surplus crops to local and regional markets. In the 1850s, these mountain farmers cultivated more of their land for commercial crops in response to population growth while still maintaining diversity and self-sufficiency.
North Carolina Historical Review (NoCar F251 .N892), Vol. 71 Issue 4, Oct 1994, p430-450 , il, por, f