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 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

Overview

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.

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

Introduction; 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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