Primary Document Report
: John C. McKnight
Title of Document
: For sale. The quantity of 389,565 acres of farm lands, in sixty adjacent tracts…situated inthe county of Rutherford, district of Morgan, and state of North-Carolina…
S507For Sale. The Quantity of 389,565 acres of Farm Lands….In the County of Rutherford, District of Morgan,and State of North Carolina.n.p., c. 1801.  page. NcD copy.Found the document at the Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker database
This primary source is an advertisement for 389,565 acres of farm land located in RutherfordCounty, North Carolina. The author is not listed and the closest estimation for the date is 1801. It gives a verythorough description of the land and its resources, the uses of the land, the easy accessibility to big cities/towns, the population, and an overall idea of the region. The print and language of the document is eligible, but the print issmall and the letter “s” looks like an “f,” which can make it difficult to read. Overall, the document provides ascholar with an example of the process of attracted emigrants to certain areas, a general idea of the region of Rutherford County and the agriculture based economy of the Early Republic.
Possible ways to use this document in a research paper or a lesson plan
This document could beused for a historical study of Rutherford County, North Carolina. It can help the researcher to understand why people moved into the area during the beginning of the nineteenth century. The document could also provide ascholar with a source for studying the agriculture and economy, advertising, accessibility of land, transportation, andeven feelings toward the Native Americans during the turn of the century. For example, this document could beused in a lesson plan to show the students how the statement, “The county is far removed from Indian Inroads,” isadded to attract people to the county and ask the students, “Why they thought it was added?” to express the feelingsof fear and hate that the people had towards the Native Americans.