“Enterprise vs. The ‘Grab Game’”

Tycho De Boer

in Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032481
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038360 | DOI:
“Enterprise vs. The ‘Grab Game’”

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This chapter discusses the emergence of enterprises, corporations, and industries that profited on the timber and lumber of the Green Swamp. Forest industrialization was the result of the emergence of a powerful economic sector which was a deliberate, destructive, and profit-driven industry—a reflection and illustration that perfectly described southern lumbering. In the years between 1880 and 1920, lumber industries levelled millions of acres of forests which were as historians say “a lumberman's assault on the southern forest”. These lumbermen of the New South were the ruthless agents of capitalism who believed that their company towns were models of paternalistic management but who were in reality trampling on the pre-capitalist yeoman farmers, powerless lumber workers, state and federal conservation agents, and nature itself.

Keywords: enterprises; corporations; industry; timber; lumber; Green Swamp; forest industrialization; lumber industries

Chapter.  14678 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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