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

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Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history, placing the social transformation of the South in the context of 'the age of capital' and the changes in the markets, ideologies, etc. of the Atlantic world system. Better than anyone perhaps, Reidy has elaborated both the large and small narratives of this development, connecting global forces with the initiatives and reactions of ordinary southerners, black and white.?Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

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

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Overview

Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history, placing the social transformation of the South in the context of 'the age of capital' and the changes in the markets, ideologies, etc. of the Atlantic world system. Better than anyone perhaps, Reidy has elaborated both the large and small narratives of this development, connecting global forces with the initiatives and reactions of ordinary southerners, black and white.—Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

"Joseph Reidy's detailed analysis of social and economic developments in central Georgia during and after slavery will take its place among the standard works on these subjects. Its discussions of the expansion of the cotton kingdom and of the changes after emancipation make it necessary reading for all concerned with southern and African-American history.—Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

"Successfully places the experience of one region's people into the larger theoretical context of world capitalist development and in the process challenges other scholars to do the same.—Rural Sociology

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Editorial Reviews

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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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845523
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/1995
  • Series: Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 0.78 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (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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