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

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

by Robert Tracy McKenzie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521462703

ISBN-13: 9780521462709

Pub. Date: 10/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a state-wide study of Tennessee's agricultural population between 1850 and 1880, which relies on massive samples of census data as well as plantation accounts, Freedmen's Bureau Records, and the Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires. Although the study applauds scholars' growing appreciation of southern diversity during the nineteenth century, it…  See more details below

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This book is a state-wide study of Tennessee's agricultural population between 1850 and 1880, which relies on massive samples of census data as well as plantation accounts, Freedmen's Bureau Records, and the Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521462709
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(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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