The Origins of the Southern Middle Class, 1800-1861

The Origins of the Southern Middle Class, 1800-1861

With a fresh take on social dynamics in the antebellum South, Jonathan Daniel Wells contests the popular idea that the Old South was a region of essentially two classes (planters and slaves) until after the Civil War. He argues that, in fact, the region had a burgeoning white middle class--including merchants, doctors, and teachers--that had a profound impact on southern culture, the debate over slavery, and the coming of the Civil War.

Wells shows that the growth… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (November 16, 2005)

Page count: 344 pages

Language: English


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