History of cotton a request

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Wed Oct 13 13:10:59 MDT 1999

>From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South :
Central Georgia, 1800-1880 (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies)
by Joseph P. Reidy  Our Price: $18.95

Paperback Reprint edition (November 1995)  Univ of North Carolina Pr; ISBN:
0807845523 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 9.20 x 6.14  Other Editions:

Reviews  Booknews, Inc. , August 1, 1993:
Reidy (history, Howard U.) examines the origins, growth and demise of
slavery, illuminating the interplay between global economic developments
and the lives of southerners of disparate classes (planters, slaves,
yeomen), and featuring discussion of the role of African Americans as
agents of historical change. With maps, 16 b&w photos, appendix, and an
exhaustive bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title

The spread of slavery in the antebellum period and the subsequent
emancipation of some four million slaves as a result of the Civil War
reflected changes sweeping the entire Atlantic basin during the nineteenth
century. This broad-ranging study examines the origins, growth, and demise
of slavery in the upcountry South. Focusing on a representative cotton
plantation region, central Georgia, Joseph Reidy assesses these historical
changes within the larger context of capitalist development in the North
and the abolition of slavery elsewhere in the Americas. Reidy's analysis
illuminates the complex interplay between global economic developments and
the lives of ordinary southerners, black and white. The shifting pattern of
struggle among evolving social classes provides the key. Unlike other
scholars who have focused more or less exclusively on planters, on slaves,
or on yeomen, Reidy explores the interaction among these and other classes
over time in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the
nineteenth-century South. Covering both the antebellum and post-bellum
periods, the narrative pays special attention to how African Americans
shaped their own lives as well as influenced larger historical processes -
for, as Reidy points out, they were agents of historical change rather than
purely objects or victims of that change. --This text refers to the
hardcover edition of this title

Louis Proyect

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