One South or Many?: Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee / Edition 1by Robert Tracy McKenzie
Pub. Date: 07/08/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book is a state-wide study of Tennessee>'s agricultural population between 1850 and 1880. Relying upon massive samples of census data as well as plantation accounts, the author provides the first systematic comparison of the socioeconomic bases of plantation and non-plantation 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 immiseration of southern whites and the immobilization and economic repression of southern freedmen.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. 'The most honorable besness in the country': farm operations at the close of the Antebellum era; 2. 'Honest industry and good recompense': wealth distribution and economic mobility on the eve of the Civil War; 3. 'God only knows what will result from this war': wealth patterns among white farmers, 1860–80; 4. 'Change and uncertainty may be anticipated': freedmen and the reorganisation of Tennessee agriculture; 5. Agricultural change to 1880; Conclusion.
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