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- DescriptionThis title shows making a living in the South. Volume II of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines the ecomic culture of the South by pairing two categories that account for the ways many southerners have made their living. In the antebellum period, the wealth of southern whites came largely from agriculture that relied on the forced labor of enslaved blacks. After Reconstruction, the South became attractive to new industries lured by the region's ongoing commitment to low-wage labor and management-friendly ecomic policies. Throughout the volume, articles reflect the breadth and variety of southern life, paying particular attention to the region's profound ecomic transformation in recent decades.The agricultural section consists of 25 thematic entries that explore issues such as Native American agricultural practices, plantations, and sustainable agriculture. Thirty-eight shorter pieces cover key crops of the region - from tobacco to Christmas trees - as well as issues of both historic and emerging interest - from insects and insecticides to migrant labor. The section on industry and commerce contains 13 thematic entries in which contributors address topics such as the ecomic impact of military bases, resistance to industrialization, and black business. Thirty-six topical entries explore particular industries, such as textiles, timber, automobiles, and banking, as well as individuals - including Henry W. Grady and Sam M. Walton - whose ideas and enterprises have helped shape the modern South.
- Author BiographyMELISSA WALKER is George Dean Johnson Jr. Professor of History at Converse College JAMES C. COBB is B. Phinizy Spalding Distinguished Professor in the History of the American South at the University of Georgia. CHARLES REAGAN WILSON is Kelley Gene Cook Sr. Chair in History and professor of southern studies at the University of Mississippi.
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2008
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Note33 illustrations, 1 table, 1 map, bibl., index
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Edited byJames C. Cobb,Melissa Walker
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