New Masters: Northern Planters during the Civil War and Reconstruction

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New Masters: Northern Planters during the Civil War and Reconstruction, analyzes the North's efforts to transform the South, both during and after the war, into a free labor economy and society. In this study, Lawrence N. Powell addresses the role that the twenty to fifty thousand "new masters," or northern planters, had on the post-Reconstruction system. Examining the records of over five hundred northern planters, Powell asserts that northern emigrants provided much of the capital that hard-pressed southern ...
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New Masters: Northern Planters during the Civil War and Reconstruction, analyzes the North's efforts to transform the South, both during and after the war, into a free labor economy and society. In this study, Lawrence N. Powell addresses the role that the twenty to fifty thousand "new masters," or northern planters, had on the post-Reconstruction system. Examining the records of over five hundred northern planters, Powell asserts that northern emigrants provided much of the capital that hard-pressed southern planters used to stave off bankruptcy, thus helping to perpetuate the plantation system of servitude and debt. But at the same time, these planters also provided the catalyst for revitalization of the South. New Masters deals with a variety of issues, including race relations, as well as northern planters motivations, work habits, capital investment patterns, and their gradual disillusionment as problems mounted and profits declined.
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Analyzes the North's efforts to transform the South, both during and after the Civil War, into a free labor economy and society, and addresses the role that "new masters," or northern planters, had on the post-Reconstruction system. Examination of records of some 500 northern planters reveals that northern emigrants provided much of the capital southern planters used to stave off bankruptcy, thus helping to perpetuate the plantation system of servitude and debt, yet these planters also provided the catalyst for revitalization of the South. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
American Historical Review
Not only an important addition to Reconstruction literature but also a demonstration as to how American history should ideally be written. . . . Anyone interested in Southern history, whether professional historian or casual reader, will find Powell's book difficult to lay aside until it has been read from start to finish.
New York Times Book Review
His sensitive narrative nicely balances general discussions with telling anecdotes, and his interpretations are uniformly intelligent and generally convincing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300028829
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1980

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