South by Southwest: Planter Emigration and Identity in the Slave South / Edition 1

South by Southwest: Planter Emigration and Identity in the Slave South / Edition 1

by James D. Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813921171

ISBN-13: 9780813921174

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Between 1815 and 1861 thousands of planters formed a unique emigrant group in American history. A slaveholding, landholding elite, southerners from Georgia and South Carolina uprooted themselves from their communities and headed for their society’s borderlands with a frequency and intensity unsurpassed by any comparable class. A phenomenon of such singularity

Overview

Between 1815 and 1861 thousands of planters formed a unique emigrant group in American history. A slaveholding, landholding elite, southerners from Georgia and South Carolina uprooted themselves from their communities and headed for their society’s borderlands with a frequency and intensity unsurpassed by any comparable class. A phenomenon of such singularity and significance preoccupied many of the South’s leading citizens and generated a great deal of interest and discussion among movers and prospective movers, as well as among those who stayed behind. While many wondered what emigration could do for them as individuals or households, others engaged in a public debate as to what emigration said about them as a class and as a society. That multilayered debate surrounding the personal and social, spiritual and ideological meanings of emigration is at the very center of James David Miller’s study.

In exploring what planter mobility reveals about planter identity and culture, South by Southwest blends analysis of both public and private responses to emigration and in so doing illuminates the ways in which elite southerners themselves understood the connections between emigration as private conduct and as a public phenomenon. In bringing together these two spheres of inquiry, Miller examines the diverse geographical, cultural, and intellectual meanings that elite southerners gave to their private and public journeys and what those meanings reveal about their broader attitudes regarding the people and places of slaveholding society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813921174
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
American South Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
1.When Planters Roamed the Earth1
2.The Spirit of Emigration18
3.Public Thoughts39
4.Moving Home60
5.The Land around Us: Southwestern Sights80
6.A Household with a View: The Social Landscape100
7.The Planters' Progress128
Notes149
Bibliography183
Index201

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