Yankee Town, Southern City: Race and Class Relations in Civil War Lynchburg [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

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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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814783351
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


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

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Yankee Town, Southern City 6
2 Religion, Rum, and Race: Lower-Class Life in Antebellum Lynchburg 48
3 The Many Battles of Lynchburg 85
4 "These Troublesome Times": Rebuilding Lynchburg after the War 163
5 "To Crown Our Hearty Endeavors": Religion, Race, and Class, 1865-1872 205
6 "The Mauling Science": Black and White Violence and Vigilance, 1865-1872 224
Epilogue: Lynchburg's Centennial and Beyond 250
Appendixes 257
Notes 275
Selected Bibliography 319
Index 337
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