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Origins of Southern radicalism : the South Carolina upcountry, 1800-1860 / Lacy K. Ford, Jr.

By: Ford, Lacy K.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1988Description: xiii, 414 p. : map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0195044223 (alk. paper); 9780195044225 (alk. paper); 0195069617 (pbk.); 9780195069617 (pbk.).Subject(s): South Carolina -- Politics and government -- 1775-1865 | Radicalism -- South Carolina -- History -- 19th century | Secession -- Southern States | South Carolina Radical movements, historyDDC classification: 975.7/03
Contents:
Cotton and evangelical Christianity -- Planters and plain folk -- "To die like freemen rather than live like slaves": the problem of South Carolina reconsidered -- "Stand now on my own botton": politics and party in South Carolina in the post-nullification era -- Secession avoided: the upcountry during the first secession crisis -- Transportation and commerce -- Agriculture and industry -- "Beautiful harmony in the body politic": the concurrent majority and the controversy over who shall rule at home -- "Resist...king or capital": the economic tenstions of the 1850s -- "Desperate remedy": policics, ideology, and secession.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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F273 .F68 1991 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001417435

Bibliography: p. 379-404.

Includes index.

Cotton and evangelical Christianity -- Planters and plain folk -- "To die like freemen rather than live like slaves": the problem of South Carolina reconsidered -- "Stand now on my own botton": politics and party in South Carolina in the post-nullification era -- Secession avoided: the upcountry during the first secession crisis -- Transportation and commerce -- Agriculture and industry -- "Beautiful harmony in the body politic": the concurrent majority and the controversy over who shall rule at home -- "Resist...king or capital": the economic tenstions of the 1850s -- "Desperate remedy": policics, ideology, and secession.

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Ford's book provides a detailed examination of South Carolina's internecine politics during the six decades before the Civil War. Based on extensive readings in primary and secondary sources, Ford's study offers a reasoned explanation for South Carolina's political decision making as well as for the structure of the state's internal politics. It also delineates the somewhat contrary path of the Palmetto state. John C. Calhoun's commanding presence is properly noted, but not allowed to dominate Ford's analysis. Particularly revealing is the story of how cotton cultivation spread into the upcountry, thus tying the state together economically and emotionally, if not politically. The author's statistical research, moreover, uncovered a lively entrepreneurial spirit in South Carolina. One of the most notable examples was the surprising degree of railroad building in the state. Such information runs against the usual generality that the South refused to invest its capital in anything but land and laborers. Both undergraduate and graduate readers will benefit from this revealing look at the Old South's bellwether state. -J. H. O'Donnell III, Marietta College

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