One South or Many?: Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee / Edition 1

One South or Many?: Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee / Edition 1

by Robert Tracy McKenzie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521526116

ISBN-13: 9780521526111

Pub. Date: 07/08/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a statewide study of Tennessee's agricultural population between 1850 and 1880. Relying upon massive samples of census data as well as plantation accounts, Freedmen's Bureau Records, and the Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires, the author provides the first systematic comparison of the socioeconomic bases of plantation and nonplantation areas both…  See more details below

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This book is a statewide study of Tennessee's agricultural population between 1850 and 1880. Relying upon massive samples of census data as well as plantation accounts, Freedmen's Bureau Records, and the Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires, the author provides the first systematic comparison of the socioeconomic bases of plantation and nonplantation areas both before and immediately after the Civil War. Although the study applauds scholars' growing appreciation of southern diversity during the nineteenth century, it argues that recent scholarship both oversimplifies distinctions between Black Belt and Upcountry and exaggerates the socioeconomic heterogeneity of the South as a whole. It also challenges several largely unsubstantiated assumptions concerning the postbellum reorganization of southern agriculture, particularly those regarding the impoverishment of southern whites and the immobilization and economic repression of southern freedmen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521526111
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/08/2002
Edition description:
FIRST/REPRINT
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"The Most Honorable Besness in the Country": Farm Operations at the Close of the Antebellum Era11
2"Honest Industry and Good Recompense": Wealth Distribution and Economic Mobility on the Eve of the Civil War56
3"God Only Knows What Will Result from This War": Wealth Patterns among White Farmers, 1860-188085
4"Change and Uncertainty May Be Anticipated": Freedmen and the Reorganization of Tennessee Agriculture121
5Agricultural Change to 1880150
Conclusion: One South or Many? Implications for the Nineteenth-century South190
Appendix A: Statistical Method and Sampling Technique196
Appendix B: Estimates of the Food Supply and the Extent of Self-sufficiency on Tennessee Farms203
Appendix C: Wholesale Price Data for Agricultural Commodities, 1859-1879207
Index209

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