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

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

by Steven Hahn
     
 

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195306705
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,389,525
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
2Bounds of custom50
3The politics of independence86
Pt. 2The vortex of the cotton economy
4The transformation of the countryside137
5Merchants, farmers, and the marketplace170
6Power and politics204
7Common right and commonwealth239
Epilogue : the contours of populism269

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