An Anxious Pursuit: Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730-1815

Front Cover
UNC Press Books, 1996 - History - 429 pages
0 Reviews
In An Anxious Pursuit, Joyce Chaplin examines the impact of the Enlightenment ideas of progress on the lives and minds of American planters in the colonial Lower South. She focuses particularly on the influence of Scottish notions of progress, trac
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Perspectives on the Development of a Plantation Region
1
The Fate of Progress in the Early Lower South
23
The Idea of Material Progress
26
Local Discussion
37
Slavery Sentiment and Stasis
53
Being Exotic
66
Species of Eternity
68
Travelers AccountsScience and Fiction
71
A Patriotic Fiber
208
The Luxury Staple
220
Crisis and Response Tidal Rice Cultivation
227
Rivers
228
Mills
251
Power
262
Creating a Cotton South
277
The Geography of Opportunity
281

The Local Work Ethic
92
Fevers and Strangers
93
Duties and Improvements
108
A Problem
117
Social Mobility
128
Projects and Power
131
Patrons of the Exotic
134
The Case of Silk
158
The Upcountry Responds
165
Crisis and Response Indigo and Cotton
187
An Imperial Blue
190
The Gin
307
Slavery
319
Factories and Fields
330
Domestic Diversification
332
Final Crisis
345
Slavery Progressand the Federonational Union
356
Statistical Method
367
Bibliography
369
Index
397
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1996)

Joyce E. Chaplin is associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University.