Masters of the big house : elite slaveholders of the mid-nineteenth-century South / William Kauffman Scarborough.Material type: TextPublisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2003Description: xviii, 521 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0807128821 (alk. paper); 9780807128824 (alk. paper); 9780807131558 (pbk); 0807131555 (pbk).Subject(s): Plantation owners -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Slaveholders -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Elite (Social sciences) -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Slavery -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Slavery -- Economic aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Slavery -- Political aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Plantation life -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- History -- 1775-1865 | Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Southern States -- Race relationsDDC classification: 975/.03/08621 Other classification: 15.85
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -501) and index.
Social and demographic characteristics -- Religious and cultural characteristics -- Wives, mothers, and daughters : gender relations in the big house -- Agrarian empires : acquisition, production, profits, problems, and management -- Toiling for old "massa" : slave labor on the great plantations -- Capitalists all : investments and capital accumulation outside the agricultural sector -- Political attitudes and influence : the response of the elite to the first sectional crisis -- The road to Armageddon : the role of the planter elite in the secession crisis -- Days of judgment : the demise of a slave society -- Postwar adjustment : the legacy of emancipation and defeat -- Lords and capitalists : the ideology of the master class -- Appendix A. Slaveholders with 500 or more slaves, 1850 -- Appendix B. Slaveholders with 500 or more slaves, 1860 -- Appendix C. Elite slaveholders by state of residence, 1850 -- Appendix D. Elite slaveholders by state of residence, 1860.
"In this volume, William Kauffman Scarborough unveils new information about one of the most powerful groups in American history, the 340 wealthiest aristocratic planters who owned 250 or more slaves in the census years of 1850 and 1860. The identification and tabulation in every slaveholding state of these lords of economic, social, and political influence reveals a highly learned class of men who set the tone for southern society and - despite their racism and Yankeephobia - evinced the qualities of honor, generosity, and even grandeur associated with the term "southern gentleman." Scarborough examines in detail the demographics of elite families, the educational philosophy and religiosity of the nabobs, their responses to the sectional crisis of their time, and gender relations in the Big House." "Also recounted are planters' slave management methods, their contributions and sacrifices during the Civil War, and their adjustment to the travails of Reconstruction and a postwar world alien to the one they had dominated."--BOOK JACKET.