The Old South's Modern Worlds

The Old South's Modern Worlds

Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress

by Frank TowersL. Diane Barnes and Brian D. Schoen

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 29/07/2011

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The Old South has traditionally been portrayed as an insular and backward-looking society. The Old South's Modern Worlds looks beyond this myth to identify some of the many ways that antebellum southerners were enmeshed in the modernizing trends of their time. The essays gathered in this volume not only tell unexpected narratives of the Old South, they also explore the compatibility of slavery-the defining feature of antebellum southern life-with cultural
and material markers of modernity such as moral reform, cities, and industry. Considered as proponents of American manifest destiny, for example, antebellum southern politicians look more like nationalists and
less like separatists. Though situated within distinct communities, Southerners'-white, black, and red-participated in and responded to movements global in scope and transformative in effect. The turmoil that changes in Asian and European agriculture wrought among southern staple producers shows the interconnections between seemingly isolated southern farms and markets in distant lands. Deprovincializing the antebellum South, The Old South's Modern Worlds illuminates a diverse region
both shaped by and contributing to the complex transformations of the nineteenth-century world.
ISBN:
9780195384024
9780195384024
Category:
Slavery & abolition of slavery
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
29-07-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
352
Dimensions (mm):
232x155x24mm
Weight:
0.47kg

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