From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880

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The spread of slavery in the antebellum period and the subsequent emancipation of some four million slaves as a result of the Civil War reflected changes sweeping the entire Atlantic basin during the nineteenth century. This broad-ranging study examines the origins, growth, and demise of slavery in the upcountry South. Focusing on a representative cotton plantation region, central Georgia, Joseph Reidy assesses these historical changes within the larger context of capitalist development in the North and the ...
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The spread of slavery in the antebellum period and the subsequent emancipation of some four million slaves as a result of the Civil War reflected changes sweeping the entire Atlantic basin during the nineteenth century. This broad-ranging study examines the origins, growth, and demise of slavery in the upcountry South. Focusing on a representative cotton plantation region, central Georgia, Joseph Reidy assesses these historical changes within the larger context of capitalist development in the North and the abolition of slavery elsewhere in the Americas. Reidy's analysis illuminates the complex interplay between global economic developments and the lives of ordinary southerners, black and white. The shifting pattern of struggle among evolving social classes provides the key. Unlike other scholars who have focused more or less exclusively on planters, on slaves, or on yeomen, Reidy explores the interaction among these and other classes over time in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the nineteenth-century South. Covering both the antebellum and post-bellum periods, the narrative pays special attention to how African Americans shaped their own lives as well as influenced larger historical processes - for, as Reidy points out, they were agents of historical change rather than purely objects or victims of that change.
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Reidy (history, Howard U.) examines the origins, growth and demise of slavery, illuminating the interplay between global economic developments and the lives of southerners of disparate classes (planters, slaves, yeomen), and featuring discussion of the role of African Americans as agents of historical change. With maps, 16 b&w photos, appendix, and an exhaustive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This book is an impressive and significant contribution to southern history.

Southern Cultures "An excellent monograph to use in a U.S. history survey or in a seminar on the American South."—###Southern Economic Journal# "Sets a splendid example for future studies. . . . Throughout this story, African Americans' struggle to build their own world with the materials available to them shines through clearly. Reidy has told their story simply and well."—###Journal of the Early Republic#

Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history.

Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

Necessary reading for all concerned with southern and African-American history.

Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

An excellent monograph to use in a U.S. history survey or in a seminar on the American South.

Southern Economic Journal

The most important book among 'new' emancipation studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807820612
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph P. Reidy is professor of history at Howard University. He is coeditor of four volumes in the multivolume project, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The World of the Yeoman Settlers, 1800-1835 14
2 The World of the Planters, 1820s-1850s 31
3 The World of the Slaves, 1820s-1850s 58
4 Impending Crisis: The 1850s 82
5 The Civil War and the Demise of Slavery, 1861-1865 108
6 The Origins of Compensated Labor, 1865-1868 136
7 Creating a New Body Politic, 1865-1867 161
8 The Rise and Decline of Radical Republicanism, 1867-1872 186
9 Capitalist Transformation, 1872-1880 215
Conclusion: From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in Larger Perspective 242
Appendix 249
Notes 253
Bibliography 315
Index 347
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