Yankee Town, Southern City: Race and Class Relations in Civil War Lynchburg

Yankee Town, Southern City: Race and Class Relations in Civil War Lynchburg

by Steven Elliot Tripp, Sculley Bradley, Harold W. Blodgett, Arthur Golden
     
 

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One of the most hotly debated issues in the historical study of race relations is the question of how the Civil War and Reconstruction affected social relations in the South. Did the War leave class and race hierarchies intact? Or did it mark the profound disruption of a long-standing social order?

Yankee Town, Southern City examines how the members of the

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One of the most hotly debated issues in the historical study of race relations is the question of how the Civil War and Reconstruction affected social relations in the South. Did the War leave class and race hierarchies intact? Or did it mark the profound disruption of a long-standing social order?

Yankee Town, Southern City examines how the members of the southern community of Lynchburg, Virginia experienced four distinct but overlapping events—Secession, Civil War, Black Emancipation, and Reconstruction. By looking at life in the grog shop, at the military encampment, on the street corner, and on the shop floor, Steven Elliott Tripp illustrates the way in which ordinary people influenced the contours of race and class relations in their town.

Editorial Reviews

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"A readable and interesting book that . . . provides a vivid portrait of the evolution of one southern city during this trying period. It is a most worthy contribution to the literature of the South and to urban history generally."

-John Ingham,Journal of American History

Booknews
Drawing on accounts of people's everyday experience, demonstrates that no one group was able to maintain control of the social structure in the Virginia city during the four overlapping but distinct events of Secession, Civil War, black emancipation, and Reconstruction. Particularly focuses on how blacks and lower- class whites defied the elite's prescription for race relations to express their frustration with elite rule. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814782057
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Series:
American Social Experience Series
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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John Ingham
A readable and interesting book that . . . provides a vivid portrait of the evolution of one southern city during this trying period. It is a most worthy contribution to the literature of the South and to urban history generally.
Journal of American History
From the Publisher

"A readable and interesting book that . . . provides a vivid portrait of the evolution of one southern city during this trying period. It is a most worthy contribution to the literature of the South and to urban history generally."

-John Ingham,Journal of American History

Meet the Author

Steven Elliott Tripp is Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

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