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From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880

From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880

by Joseph P. Reidy

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Overview

Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history, placing the social transformation of the South in the context of 'the age of capital' and the changes in the markets, ideologies, etc. of the Atlantic world system. Better than anyone perhaps, Reidy has elaborated both the large and small narratives of this development, connecting global forces with the initiatives and reactions of ordinary southerners, black and white.—Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

"Joseph Reidy's detailed analysis of social and economic developments in central Georgia during and after slavery will take its place among the standard works on these subjects. Its discussions of the expansion of the cotton kingdom and of the changes after emancipation make it necessary reading for all concerned with southern and African-American history.—Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

"Successfully places the experience of one region's people into the larger theoretical context of world capitalist development and in the process challenges other scholars to do the same.—Rural Sociology

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807845523
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/20/1995
Series: Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
Edition description: 2
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 632,829
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)

About the Author

Joseph P. Reidy is professor of history at Howard University. He is coeditor of four volumes in the multivolume project, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.

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Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history, placing the social transformation of the South in the context of 'the age of capital' and the changes in the markets, ideologies, etc. of the Atlantic world system. Better than anyone perhaps, Reidy has elaborated both the large and small narratives of this development, connecting global forces with the initiatives and reactions of ordinary southerners, black and white.—Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

An excellent monograph to use in a U.S. history survey or in a seminar on the American South.—Southern Economic Journal

Successfully places the experience of one region's people into the larger theoretical context of world capitalist development and in the process challenges other scholars to do the same.—Rural Sociology

Sets a splendid example for future studies. . . . Throughout this story, African Americans' struggle to build their own world with the materials available to them shines through clearly. Reidy has told their story simply and well.—Journal of the Early Republic

The most important book among 'new' emancipation studies.—Choice

Joseph Reidy's detailed analysis of social and economic developments in central Georgia during and after slavery will take its place among the standard works on these subjects. Its discussions of the expansion of the cotton kingdom and of the changes after emancipation make it necessary reading for all concerned with southern and African-American history.—Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

For its ability to bring to life a cotton plantation region and to relate its story to larger developments in the growth of capitalism, this book is an impressive and significant contribution to southern history.—Southern Cultures

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