Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800-1860

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - History - 414 pages
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In the sixty years before the American Civil War, the South Carolina Upcountry evolved from an isolated subsistence region that served as a stronghold of Jeffersonian Republicanism into a mature cotton-producing region with a burgeoning commercial sector that served as a hotbed of Southern radicalism. This groundbreaking study examines this startling evolution, tracing the growth, logic, and strategy of pro-slavery radicalism and the circumstances and values of white society and politics to analyze why the white majority of the Old South ultimately supported the secession movement that led to bloody civil war.
  

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Contents

Politics and Party
145
The Upcountry during the First
183
The Boom
215
The Crisis
279
The Economic
308
Politics Ideology
338
Statistical Methods and Samples
375
Index
405
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Lacy K. Ford is at University of South Carolina.

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