Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860 / Edition 1

Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860 / Edition 1

by Christopher Morris
     
 

Mississippi represented the Old South and all that it stood for—perhaps more so than any other state. Tracing its long histories of economic, social, and cultural evolution, Morris takes a close and richly detailed look at a representative Southern community: Jefferson Davis's Warren County, in the state's southwestern corner. Drawing on many wills, deeds,

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Mississippi represented the Old South and all that it stood for—perhaps more so than any other state. Tracing its long histories of economic, social, and cultural evolution, Morris takes a close and richly detailed look at a representative Southern community: Jefferson Davis's Warren County, in the state's southwestern corner. Drawing on many wills, deeds, court records, and manuscript materials, he reveals the transformation of a loosely knit, typically Western community of pioneer homesteaders into a distinctly Southern society based on plantation agriculture, slavery, and a patriarchal social order.

"This thoughtful, well-written study doubtless will be widely read and deservedly influential."—American Historical Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134216
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Evolution of Old South Civilization
1. Pioneers of the Loosa Chitto
2. Economic Transformation and the Rise of the Planters' World
3. Relations Within the Households: White Families
4. Households Within Households: Masters and Slaves
5. Brothers and Neighbors: The Politics of Patriarchy
6. Hamlets and Towns: The Urban Process
7. A Place Apart from the Countryside: The City of Vicksburg
8. Organizing a County Community: Neighborhoods, Parties, and the Politics of Development
9. A Cotton County Comes of Age
10. An End and a Beginning

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