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Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp$
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Tycho de Boer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032481

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032481.001.0001

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“Enterprise vs. The ‘Grab Game’”

“Enterprise vs. The ‘Grab Game’”

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

Tycho De Boer

University Press of Florida

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

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