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Title Southern society and its transformations, 1790-1860 [electronic resource] / edited by Susanna Delfino, Michele Gillespie, and Louis M. Kyriakoudes.

Imprint Columbia ; London : University of Missouri Press, ©2011.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 260 pages).
Series New currents in the history of Southern economy and society series
New currents in the history of Southern economy and society.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents "A vile, immoral, and profligate course of life" : poor whites and the enforcement of vagrancy laws in antebellum Georgia / Keri Leigh Merritt -- The lynching of slaves : race, law, and the white community in the antebellum South / Michael J. Pfeifer -- Frontier capitalism : market migration to rural central Missouri, 1815-1860 / Jeff Bremer -- "Anything ... that would pay" : yeoman farmers and the nascent market economy on the antebellum plantation frontier / Gary T. Edwards -- "Chased out on the slippery ice" : rural wage laborers in Baltimore's hinterlands, 1815-1860 / Max L. Grivno -- Professionalization and the Southern middle class / Jonathan Daniel Wells -- Education and professionals in the Old South : schooling's impact on career and social class / Jennifer R. Green -- Corporate entrepreneurship in the antebellum South / Robert E. Wright -- "In pursuit of their livelihood" : credit and debt relations among Natchez planters in the 1820s / Elbra David.
Summary Annotation InSouthern Society and Its Transformations, a new set of scholars challenge conventional perceptions of the antebellum South as an economically static region compared to the North. Showing that the pre-Civil War South was much more complex than once thought, the essays in this volume examine the economic lives and social realities of three overlooked but important groups of southerners: the working poor, non-slaveholding whites, and middling property holders such as small planters, professionals, and entrepreneurs. The nine essays that compriseSouthern Society and Its Transformationsexplore new territory in the study of the slave-era South, conveying how modernization took shape across the region and exploring the social processes involved in its economic developments. The book is divided into four parts, each analyzing a different facet of white southern life. The first outlines the legal dimensions of race relations, exploring the effects of lynching and the significance of Georgias vagrancy laws. Part II presents the advent of the market economy and its effect on agriculture in the South, including the beginning of frontier capitalism. The third section details the rise of a professional middle class in the slave era and the conflicts provoked. The books last section deals with the financial aspects of the transformation in the South, including the credit and debt relationships at play and the presence of corporate entrepreneurship. Between the dawn of the nation and the Civil War, constant change was afoot in the American South. Scholarship has only begun to explore these progressions in the past few decades and has given too little consideration to the economic developments with respect to the working-class experience. These essays show that a new generation of scholars is asking fresh questions about the social aspects of the Souths economic transformation. Southern Society and Its Transformationsis a complex look at how whole groups of traditionally ignored white southerners in the slave era embraced modernizing economic ideas and actions while accepting a place in their race-based world. This volume will be of interest to students of Southern and U.S. economic and social history.
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Subject Southern States -- Economic conditions -- 18th century.
Southern States -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Race relations -- History.
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form Aufsatzsammlung.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Delfino, Susanna, 1949-
Gillespie, Michele.
Kyriakoudes, Louis M.
Other Form: Print version: Southern society and its transformations, 1790-1860. Columbia ; London : University of Missouri Press, ©2011 9780826219183 (OCoLC)679935645
ISBN 9780826272430 (electronic bk.)
0826272436 (electronic bk.)