Mountain Masters: Slavery and the Sectional Crisis in Western North Carolina

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Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1996 - History - 348 pages
Antebellum Southern Appalachia has long been seen as a classless and essentially slaveless region - one so alienated and isolated from other parts of the South that, with the onset of the Civil War, highlanders opposed both secession and Confederate war efforts. In a multifaceted challenge to these basic assumptions about Appalachian society in the mid-nineteenth century, John Inscoe reveals new variations on the diverse motives and rationales that drove Southerners, particularly in the Upper South, out of the Union.
Mountain Masters vividly portrays the wealth, family connections, commercial activities, and governmental power of the slaveholding elite that controlled the social, economic, and political development of western North Carolina. In examining the role played by slavery in shaping the political consciousness of mountain residents, the book also provides fresh insights into the nature of southern class interaction, community structure, and master-slave relationships.

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Epilogue 259
Appendix 265
Bibliography 315
Index 337

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John C. Inscoe is associate professor of history at the University of Georgia and editor of The Georgia Historical Quarterly.

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