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Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History #4: The Old South

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Publisher Comments:

This collection of primary documents and previously published essays introduces students to the principal themes in recent scholarship on the social and cultural history of the Old South. The twelve essays cover a variety of topics including the relative modernity of the Old South, the proslavery defense of servitude, gender relations, southern honor and violence, the slave trade, the slaves' economy and community, and the histories of southern women - both black and white. The documents - including court cases, personal letters, diaries, travel accounts, newspaper stories, advertisements, and slave narratives - have been drawn directly from the essay sources in order to illustrate how historians construct arguments. Smith provides a detailed main introduction to the collection to help students situate the readings and documents within the larger context of the antebellum South. In addition, there are brief introductions to each document and essay, study questions, suggestions for further reading, a map, and a chronology of significant events.

Synopsis:

The Old South is a collection of primary documents and previously published essays introducing students to recent themes found in scholarship on the social and cultural history of the Old South. The documents are drawn directly from the essays not only to vividly illustrate the events, but also to show students how historians construct arguments based on archival evidence. Smith introduces the collection with a detailed essay, and provides study questions, suggestions for further reading, a map, and a chronology of significant events creating a highly useful student-friendly reader.

About the Author

Mark M. Smith is Associate Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He previously taught at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. He is the author of Mastered by the Clock: Time, Slavery, and Freedom in the American South (1997) and Debating Slavery: Economy and Society in the Antebellum American South (1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Map: The Old South in 1860.

Chronology.

Introduction.

Part I: A Modern Old South.

Introduction to Documents and Essays.

1. An "Old" Old South.

Sketches of the South Santee, 1797-1798.

A Georgia Planter on the Classical South, 1835.

A Georgia Planter Bemoans the Cost of Slavery, 1846.

An "Old" Old South. (Raimondo Luraghi).

2. An Old South by the Clock.

The Importance of "Early Rising," 1851.

Clock Time and Southern Railroads, 1834.

Plantation Time, 1851.

Timing Slave Labor by the Watch, 1843.

Plantation Time from a Slave's Perspective, 1847.

An Old South by the Clock. (Mark M. Smith).

Study Questions and Further Reading.

Part II: Southern Honor, Southern Violence.

Introduction to Documents and Essays.

3. The Appearance of Honor and the Honor of Appearance.

Affronts to Honor in a Southern Newspaper, 1843.

Public Accusations of Falsehood, 1833.

Codes of Honor and Dueling, 1858.

The Appearance of Honor and the Honor of Appearance. (Kenneth S. Greenberg).

4. Poor, Violent Men in a Premodern World.

A Traveller's Comments on the "Barbarity" of the Southern Frontier, 1816.

A Traveller Observes Techniques of Fighting. 1807.

"Tall talk" Among Ruffians, 1843.

Poor, Violent Men in a Premodern World. (Elliot J. Gorn).

Study Questions and Further Reading.

Part III: Constructing And Defending Slavery.

Introduction to Documents and Essays.

5. Slavery Ordained of God.

Frederick Law Olmstead Recounts Impressions of a Religious Meeting, 1856.

James Henley Thornwell's Defense of Slavery, 1860.

Slavery Ordained of God. (Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese).

6. Proslavery, Gender, and the Southern Yeomen.

James Henley Thornwell Associates Slavery and Gender Relations, 1852.

John L. Manning's Letter to his Wife, 1860.

George Howe Justifies the Subordination of Women, 1850.

Proslavery, Gender, and the Southern Yeomen. (Stephanie McCurry).

Study Questions and Further Reading.

Part IV: Communities, Cultures, and Economies: Lives of the Enslaved.

Introduction to Documents and Essays.

7. Benefits of the Lowcountry Slaves' Economy.

Charles Manigault's Plantation Journal, 1844.

A South Carolina Rice Planter on the Slaves' Economy, 1858.

Petition and Deposition of Former Slaves, 1873.

Benefits of the Lowcountry Slaves' Economy. (Philip D. Morgan).

8. Ambiguities of the Upcountry Slaves' Economy.

Former Slaves Recall Independent Production.

A Foreign Traveller Observes Wage-earning Slaves, 1860.

Slaves on Trial, 1846.

Ambiguities of the Upcountry Slaves' Economy. (Lawrence T. McDonnell).

Study Questions and Further Reading.

Part V: Selling Southern Bodies.

Introduction to Documents and Essays.

9. The Slave Trader in Image and Reality.

A Boston Minister on Slave Traders, 1855.

A Slaveholder Comments on Traders and Prices, 1846.

A Trader Notes Market Prices for Slaves, 1859.

The Slave Trader in Image and Reality. (Michael Tadman).

10. Reading Bodies, Answering Questions.

A Southern Physician on "Unsoundness in the Negro," 1858-1859.

A Trader Notes How Slaves Affect Their Sales, 1856.

A Former Slave Notes Buyers Reading Bodies, 1855.

A Slave Reads a Buyer, 1858.

Asking Questions and Reading Bodies. (Walter Johnson).

Study Questions and Further Reading.

Part VI: Womanhood in Black and White.

Introduction to Documents and Essays.

11. Breast-Feeding and Elite White Womanhood.

Southern Medical Opinions on Wet Nursing and Breast Feeding, 1850.

Newspaper Advertisements for Wet Nurses, 1859.

A Southern Mother on Child-Rearing, 1844.

Breast-Feeding and Elite White Motherhood. (Sally McMillen).

12. Slave Women and Definitions of Womanhood.

Defining a "Good Wife" and "Good Woman," 1835.

Testimony of Three former Virginia Female Slaves.

Elizabeth Keckley Resists Bondage.

Slave Women and Definitions of Womanhood. (Brenda Stevenson).

Study Questions and Further Reading.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631219279
Editor:
Smith, Mark M.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Editor:
Smith, Mark M.
Author:
Smith, Mark M.
Author:
Smith, Brenda
Author:
Smith, Alison
Location:
Malden, Mass.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Slavery -- Southern States -- History.
Subject:
Southern States Civilization 1775-1865.
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
U. S. history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
October 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
8.94x6.03x.98 in. 1.05 lbs.

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