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- DescriptionA History of Transportation in the Eastern Cotton Belt to 1860 (1908) was Southern historian Ulrich Bonnell Phillips's first major mograph and has stood for over a century as one of the principal studies of transportation in the antebellum South. In this work Phillips (1877-1934) used a detailed exploration of the development of the railroad systems in Georgia and South Carolina to probe the structure, accomplishments, and limitations of the antebellum southern ecomy. If railroads represented an outstanding accomplishment of the South, Phillips argued, the railroads also demonstrated the limits of the antebellum ecomy. Although railroads were essential to the South's livelihood, the techlogical revolution did t transform the region or liberate it from the the cotton- and slave-based ecomy that Phillips believed stunted its growth. Phillips asserted that slavery locked up capital, which could t then be released for other types of development. Therefore he saw southern railroads chiefly as an improvement in carrying staple goods to the coast-- a traditional ecomic system--rather than dynamically contributing to the region's evolution and diversification. This Southern Classics edition includes a new introduction by Aaron W. Marrs that chronicles the circumstances surrounding Phillips's writing of this book and illustrates how contemporary historians continue to debate the social and ecomic issues Phillips raised.
- Author BiographyThe accomplished historian Ulrich Bonnell Phillips held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Tulane University, the University of Michigan, and Yale University. His other books include Life and Labor in the Old South and American Negro Slavery, long considered a basic text on the subject.|Aaron W. Marrs is a historian at the U.S. Department of State. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina and is the author of Railroads in the Old South: Pursuing Progress in a Slave Society. Marrs also served as associate managing editor of The South Carolina Encyclopedia.
- Author(s)Ulrich Bonnell Phillips
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/01/2011
- SubjectTrains & Railways: General Interest
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps, black & white plates
- Weight599 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Introduction byAaron W. Marrs
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