Society and Culture in the Slave South

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J. William Harris
Routledge, Feb 1, 2013 - History - 256 pages
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Combining established work with that of recent provocative scholarship on the antebellum South, this collection of essays puts students in touch with some of the central debates in this dynamic field. It includes substantial excerpts from the work of Eugene Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, who lay out the influential interpretation of the South as a `paternalistic' society and culture, and contributions from more recent scholars who provide dissenting or alternative interpretations of the relations between masters and slaves and men and women. The essays draw on a wide range of disciplines, including economics, psychology and anthropology to investigate the nature of plantation and family life in the South. Explanatory notes guide the reader through each essay and the Editor's introduction places the work in its historiographical context.

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Part I The Old South as a paternalist society
Part II Masters and slaves
Part III Women and men
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J. William Harris is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of "Plain Folk and Gentry in a Slave Society" (1995) and "Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation" (2001).

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