Planting A Capitalist South: Masters, Merchants, And by Tom Downey

By Tom Downey

In Planting a Capitalist South, Tom Downey successfully demanding situations the concept advertisement and business pursuits did little to change the planter-dominated political economic climate of the outdated South. via examining the interaction of planters, retailers, and brands, Downey characterizes the South as neither strictly capitalist nor noncapitalist yet as a sphere of contending varieties of capitalists: agrarians with land and slaves as opposed to advertisement and business proprietors of banks, railroads, shops, and factories. His book's concentration is the relevant Savannah River Valley of western South Carolina. An influential political and fiscal sector and the house of a few of the South's top states' rights and proslavery ideologues, it additionally spawned a few inland advertisement cities, one of many nation's first railroads, and a powerful wage-labor neighborhood, together with the well-known Graniteville fabric mill of William Gregg, the South's top proponent of commercial improvement. As such, western South Carolina offers a special chance for taking a look at numerous contrasting financial forces vying no longer as sectional rivals yet exclusively in the obstacles of the South—slavery vs. loose exertions, commercial vs. agricultural, city vs. rural. Downey indicates how retailers, factories, and corporations—through a chain of disputes and debates over the general public obligations of entrepreneurship and the correct position of presidency in financial development—succeeded in advancing their pursuits over these of the neighborhood inhabitants, whereas recruiting nation executive as their best friend. A revisionary examine, Planting a Capitalist South deals transparent proof transition to capitalist society was once good less than approach within the South even prior to the outbreak of the Civil conflict.

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Senate, :; Alvy L. King, Louis T. Wigfall: Southern Fire-eater (Baton Rouge, ),  – . . Faust, James Henry Hammond,  – ; Wakelyn, Politics of a Literary Man, ; Iveson L. Brookes to Tristram Tupper, March , , Iveson L. Brookes Papers, SCL. 26 Like the Ouzts family, most slaveholders in Barnwell and Edgefield were not planters. In  Barnwell District was already home to at least  slaveholders, but only thirteen of these held the twenty or more slaves that defined a planter.

Three distinct landforms covered the region, none of which were ideally suited for intensive agricultural production. The piedmont predominated in most of Edgefield, with its gently rolling hills covering most of South Carolina above the fall line. With numerous swift-running rivers and streams, the region possessed fairly productive Antebellum Experience and the Roots of Political Insurgency,” SCHM  (October ):  – , quotation . . Statutes at Large, VII:  – ; Robert Mills, Statistics of South Carolina, Including a View of its Natural, Civil, and Military History, General and Particular (Charleston, ), ; Michael E.

If ever a crop and a place seemed well suited to each other,” the historian J. ” The loamy soil, long growing season, and ideal rainfall patterns combined to create an environment in which cotton thrived like nothing else in the South Carolina interior. With cotton introduced as tobacco production approached its nadir, growers benefited from the transportation and marketing infrastructure erected by the older staple. The two plants even shared similar cultivation methods. 18 . Chaplin, An Anxious Pursuit,  – ; Lacy K.

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