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Nature's Management: Writings on Landscape and Reform, 1822-1852by Ruffin, Edmund and Ruffin, Edumund and Kirby, Jack Temple
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Issue: Winter 2001
Although best remembered for his fervent secessionism, Edmund Ruffin was equally passionate about agronomy. This edited edition of Ruffin's tracts on agriculture shows its author to be a farsighted agrarian reformer who promoted public works and counseled against soil depletion. Describing Ruffin as an anti-Malthusian, Jack Temple Kirby observes that the Virginian advocated "a use of resources so wise as to ensure plenty and continuity."