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During Reconstruction, an alliance of southern planters and northern capitalists rebuilt the southern railway system using remnants of the Confederate railroads that had been built and destroyed during the Civil War. In the process of linking Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia by rail, this alliance created one of the largest corporations in the world, engendered bitter political struggles, and transformed the South in lasting ways, says Scott Nelson.

Iron Confederacies uses the history of southern railways to explore linkages among the themes of states' rights, racial violence, labor strife, and big business in the nineteenth-century South. By 1868, Ku Klux Klan leaders had begun mobilizing white resentment against rapid economic change by asserting that railroad consolidation led to political corruption and black economic success. As Nelson notes, some of the Klan's most violent activity was concentrated along the Richmond-Atlanta rail corridor. But conflicts over railroads were eventually resolved, he argues, in agreements between northern railroad barons and Klan leaders that allowed white terrorism against black voters while surrendering states' control over the southern economy.

Synopsis:

Focusing on the Reconstruction era, this book links the expansion of Southern railways by Southern planters and northern capitalists to issues of State•s rights, racial violence, and big business.

About the Author

Scott Reynolds Nelson is assistant professor of history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Forcing nature : an iron Confederacy surveyed and graded — The Confederacy serves the South(ern) — Connections : political reconstruction and the public fiction of the Air Line, 1865-1871 — The Pennsylvania Railroad's consolidation and the return of the Confederacy — Alamance : a trenchant blade — Pockets full of executions : the railway corridor in South Carolina — Public fictions — A railway redemption — Conclusion : an ironic Confederacy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848036
Subtitle:
Southern Railways, Klan Violence, and Reconstruction
Author:
Nelson, Scott R.
Author:
Nelson, Scott R.
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Railroads
Subject:
United States - Reconstruction Period (1865-1877)
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
State rights.
Subject:
Southern States Race relations.
Subject:
Railroads -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Reconstruction; southern planters; political violence; northern capitalists; railway; railroads; Civil War; Virginia; Georgia; North Carolina; South Carolina; Ku Klux Klan; economic history; business history; labor history; social history
Subject:
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Subject:
Southern States Economic conditions.
Subject:
southern planters
Subject:
Political violence
Subject:
northern capitalists
Subject:
railway
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
Virginia
Subject:
Georgia
Subject:
North carolina
Subject:
South carolina
Subject:
Ku klux klan
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Business -- History.
Subject:
Labor -- History.
Subject:
Social history
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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