From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880

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© 1992 The University of North Carolina Press All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America

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Reidy, Joseph P. ( Joseph Patrick), 1948-
From slavery to agrarian capitalism in the cotton plantation South:
central Georgia, 1800-1880 / by Joseph P. Reidy.
p. cm. -- (The Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-8078-2061-X (cloth : alk. paper) -- ISBN 0-8078-4552-3 (pbk.: alk. paper) 1. Plantations -- Georgia -- History -- 19th century. 2. Agricultural laborers -- Georgia -- History -- 19th century. 3. Afro-Americans -- Georgia -- Economic conditions. 4. Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Georgia -- History -- 19th century. 5. Slavery -- Georgia -- History -- 19th century. 6. Capitalism -- Georgia -- History -- 19th century. I. Title. II. Series. HD1471.U52G47 1992 306.3'49 -- dc20 92-53620

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Material in chapters 1 through 4 has appeared in slightly different form as "Obligation and Right: Patterns of Labor, Subsistence, and Exchange in the Cotton Belt of Georgia, 1790-1860," in Cultivation and Culture: Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas, edited by Ira Berlin and Philip D. Morgan (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1993). Reprinted with permission from the University Press of Virginia.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Maps xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The World of the Yeoman Settlers, 1800-1835 14
  • 2 - The World of the Planters, 1820s-1850s 31
  • 3 - The World of the Slaves, 1820s-1850s 58
  • 4 - Impending Crisis: The 1850s 82
  • 5 - The Civil War and the Demise of Slavery, 1861-1865 108
  • 6 - The Origins of Compensated Labor, 1865-1868 136
  • 7 - Creating a New Body Politic, 1865-1867 161
  • 8 - The Rise and Decline of Radical Republicanism, 1867-1872 186
  • 9 - Capitalist Transformation, 1872-1880 215
  • Conclusion - From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in Larger Perspective 242
  • Appendix 249
  • Notes 253
  • Bibliography 315
  • Index 347
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