Creating an Old South: Middle Florida's Plantation Frontier before the Civil War / Edition 1

Creating an Old South: Middle Florida's Plantation Frontier before the Civil War / Edition 1

by Edward E. Baptist
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807853534

ISBN-13: 9780807853535

Pub. Date: 04/29/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Set on the antebellum southern frontier, this book uses the history of two counties in Florida's panhandle to tell the story of the migrations, disruptions, and settlements that made the plantation South.

Soon after the United States acquired Florida from Spain in 1821, migrants from older southern states began settling the land that became Jackson and Leon

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Set on the antebellum southern frontier, this book uses the history of two counties in Florida's panhandle to tell the story of the migrations, disruptions, and settlements that made the plantation South.

Soon after the United States acquired Florida from Spain in 1821, migrants from older southern states began settling the land that became Jackson and Leon Counties. Slaves, torn from family and community, were forced to carve plantations from the woods of Middle Florida, while planters and less wealthy white men battled over the social, political, and economic institutions of their new society.

Conflict between white men became full-scale crisis in the 1840s, but when sectional conflict seemed to threaten slavery, the whites of Middle Florida found common ground. In politics and everyday encounters, they enshrined the ideal of white male equality—and black inequality. To mask their painful memories of crisis, the planter elite told themselves that their society had been transplanted from older states without conflict. But this myth of an "Old," changeless South only papered over the struggles that transformed slave society in the course of its expansion. In fact, that myth continues to shroud from our view the plantation frontier, the very engine of conflict that had led to the myth's creation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807853535
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/29/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Origins and Outcomes1
Ch. 1The Peculiar Benefits of Florida16
Ch. 2Countrymen37
Ch. 3Forced Migration61
Ch. 4Hot-Blooded Fellows and the Flush Times of Middle Florida88
Ch. 5Jack in the New Ground120
Ch. 6Decline and Fall of the Rag Empire: The Crisis of Middle Florida154
Ch. 7White Men Are Very Uncertain: Slavery and Frontier Society191
Ch. 8Creating an Old South219
Ch. 9Remaking History247
Conclusion277
Appendix285
Notes295
Bibliography351
Index379

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