Historical Dictionary of the Old South

Historical Dictionary of the Old South

by William L. Richter
     
 

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This reference contains hundreds of detailed, alphabetically arranged entries on various aspects of the Old South, including prominent individuals, crucial events, and economic and social features. A sampling of topics includes the Louisiana Purchase, the cotton gin, Daniel Webster, and runaway slaves. Richter also presents an historical overview in the introduction,

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This reference contains hundreds of detailed, alphabetically arranged entries on various aspects of the Old South, including prominent individuals, crucial events, and economic and social features. A sampling of topics includes the Louisiana Purchase, the cotton gin, Daniel Webster, and runaway slaves. Richter also presents an historical overview in the introduction, along with an extensive chronology. Supplemental materials found in the appendix include the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (1781) and the 1860 U.S. Constitution. Independent scholar Richter, who holds a PhD from Louisiana State U., is also the author of Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Scarecrow, 2004). Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Recommended.
Booklist
Historical Dictionary of the Old South is a solidly researched and written work, recommended for public and undergraduate collections where the Old South is a high-demand subject.
Reference and Research Book News
This reference contains hundreds of detailed, alphabetically arranged entries on various aspects of the Old South, including prominent individuals, crucial events, and economic and social features. A sampling of topics includes the Louisiana Purchase, the cotton gin, Daniel Webster, and runaway slaves. Richter also presents an historical overview in the introduction, along with an extensive chronology. Supplemental materials found in the appendix include the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (1781) and the 1860 U.S. Constitution. Independent scholar Richter, who holds a PhD from Louisiana State U., is also the author of Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction (Scarecrow, 2004).
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Recommended.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
An excellent addition to academic and public libraries' history and political science collections.
American Reference Books Annual
The Historical Dictionaries series by Scarecrow Press are universally excellent sources and this 2d edition is no exception. William L. Richter, professional historian and retired Arizona cowboy, starts with a definition of the Old South. To him it is geographical, chronological, and cultural—a particular section of the United States from the end of the American Revolutionary War through the Civil War that developed a unique culture largely defined by the institution of slavery. In the rest of a most useful introduction, the author outlines the various political, social, cultural, and economic questions that constitute the heart of the historiography of this region. The alphabetically arranged dictionary is extensive, cross-listed, and well written; many entries have touches of humor. The chronology is valuable and the lengthy bibliographic essay that precedes an exhaustive topical listed bibliography is the single best feature of the volume. Appropriate appendixes include U.S. governments during the Antebellum Era, 1790-1861; U.S. and Confederate Governments during the Civil War, 1861-1865; the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, 1781; and the Constitutions of the U.S. in 1860 and the Confederate States of American, 1861. In sum, this volume . . . is a good addition to most university libraries.
Reference Reviews
Scarecrow Press are onto a good thing. American history provides an endless series of topics and sub-topics around which you can construct onevolume Historical Dictionaries so they will never run out of raw material. The Old South is a prime example of this because if ever a region had a separate identity, the South was it. Its climate of sultry humidity, its slave-based social system, its values of 'honour' and gentility and its cotton and rice economy all marked it off from the rest of the USA. ... The book strikes a good balance between biographical entries and the rest: wars, laws, crises and revolts, political groupings, economic activity, social institutions, judicial decisions and Indian tribes.
Library Journal
In this volume, the second edition of the title, "Old South" refers to presecession South (1790–1861). Richter, who is referred to in the foreword as an "academically trained historian" retired from "his own horseshoeing business," has written other volumes on the topic, including the first edition of this title. The volume offers a chronology, an introduction (which serves as a historical overview and an explanation of the author's standpoint), 600 brief alphabetically arranged entries, and a bibliography. Coverage includes a range of topics including people, economics, politics, law, society, and culture. Standout features include the introduction, which is truly a helpful historical overview of the Old South and in and of itself an excellent reference article. Greenwood's 2000 title Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South may suffice in libraries where this topic gets little traffic, but it does not cover as broad a time frame and focuses more specifically on social history. Verdict Recommended for larger collections and where there is a need, especially in libraries that lack the first edition. Likely a must for southern institutions.—Lura Sanborn, St. Paul's Sch. Lib., Concord, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810850743
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of U.S. Politics and Political Eras Series, #4
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.41(d)

Meet the Author

William L. Richter has researched and written extensively in the area of the Antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. He is the author of several books including the Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction, second edition (Scarecrow 2011).

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