The first American frontier: transition to capitalism in southern Appalachia, 1700-1860

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University of North Carolina Press, 1996 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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Wilma Dunaway challenges many assumptions about the development of preindustrial Southern Appalachia's society and economy. Drawing on data from 215 counties in nine states from 1700 to 1860, she argues that capitalist exchange and production came to the region much earlier than has been previously thought. Her innovative book is the first regional history of antebellum Southern Appalachia and the first study to apply world-systems theory to the development of the American frontier.

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Wilma A. Dunaway is assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University.

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