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The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 / Edition 1

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Overview

Despite the vast changes in plantation agriculture following the Civil War and Reconstruction, the lot of small farmers was little improved. Examining the nonplantation region of upcountry Georgia as a microcosm of the South, Steven Hahn showed how farmers were buffeted by such forces as the unravelling of antebellum household economy, the development of market forces, the growth of a new class of merchants-landlords, and rising tensions between town and countryside—and how their resentments fueld the Populist movement at the end of the 19th century. For this updated edition, Hahn will add new material to discuss how the book has stood up since it was published over twenty years ago, how the arguments and questions were received, and what influence they may have had on scholarship. He will also consider what has happened to historical interest in Populism, poor white people and populist politics, as well as why he thinks it likely that interest may revive and what sort of questions and arguments may drive it.

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"Hahn's use of primary and secondary sources is extraordinary. He mixes rich quotations with clear writing."--The Journal of American History

"Hahn's study is impressively argued and richly documented. Its intensive and skillful use of local sources gives it a substantial and authoritative quality that disarms criticism."--The New York Review of Books

"Indispensable reading for all students of southern history and the history of American dissent."--David Brion Davis, Yale University

"A landmark book....Hahn has pioneered part of a long-neglected subject of nineteenth-century America."--Journal of Social History

"Engagingly written, provocative."--American Historical Review


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195306705
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 "The poor man's best government"
1 "Society in the up country" 15
2 Bounds of custom 50
3 The politics of independence 86
Pt. 2 The vortex of the cotton economy
4 The transformation of the countryside 137
5 Merchants, farmers, and the marketplace 170
6 Power and politics 204
7 Common right and commonwealth 239
Epilogue : the contours of populism 269
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