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By Christi E. Parker

Abraham Lincoln was once president in the course of the most distinctive occasions in background. With a rustic near to warfare, his final objective was once to maintain the Union jointly. whilst Lincoln freed the slaves, he angered many Southerners, together with his murderer, John Wilkes sales space.

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In fact, Joseph Davis only stood for elective office three times: once in 1817 when he was chosen as a delegate to the first Mississippi constitutional convention, again in 1820 when elected to the legislature, and finally in 1832 when the state constitution was revised. He lost the last election, apparently because he opposed the popular election of judges. S. congressman, senator, cabinet officer, and, ultimately, president of the Confederacy. Joseph Davis evidently preferred the challenge of life as the patriarch of an elaborate plantation to that of an active politician.

At harvesttime he kept a daily record of the number of pounds each field hand picked and let the work force know that they were competing not only among themselves but with others in Mississippi. In 1845, a visitor, noting the proficiency of one who picked 468 pounds in only part of a day, remarked, "Mr. " However, Davis discovered that too much competition could be counterproductive. One year he permitted a race between hands at Hurricane and those at Brierfield for the largest gleaning in a single day.

45 However, the figures cited do not necessarily indicate a low productivity per acre for the Davises, because they experimented with a wide variety of crops and therefore planted fewer acres of cotton. For example, in 1850 Joseph raised 15,000 bushels of Indian corn, while the Turner plantation of comparable size produced only 10,000 bushels. Davis also raised 1,000 bushels of sweet potatoes and 100 hogs to make his plantation more nearly self-sufficient. The unusual quantity of orchard produce not only supplemented the slave diet but provided another small cash crop.

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