The Journal of Economic History

Papers Presented at the Fiftieth Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association

The Effciency of Southern Tenant Plantations, 1900–1945

Nancy Virtsa1

a1 Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330


The continued importance of tenant plantations in some areas of the South since the Civil War suggests that there was some advantage to large-scale agriculture. One source of economies of scale was in the marketing of high-quality cotton.