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Many Excellent People Power and Privilege in North Carolina, 1850-1900

ISBN-10: 0807842281
ISBN-13: 9780807842287
Edition: 1988 (Reprint)
Authors: Paul D. Escott
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Description: Many Excellent People examines the nature of North Carolina's social system, particularly race and class relations, power, and inequality, during the last half of the nineteenth century. Paul Escott portrays North Carolina's major social groups,  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 8/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Many Excellent People examines the nature of North Carolina's social system, particularly race and class relations, power, and inequality, during the last half of the nineteenth century. Paul Escott portrays North Carolina's major social groups, focusing on the elite, the ordinary white farmers or workers, and the blacks, and analyzes their attitudes, social structure, and power relationships. Quoting frequently from a remarkable array of letters, journals, diaries, and other primary sources, he shows vividly the impact of the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Populism, and the rise of the New South industrialism on southern society. Working within the new social history and using detailed analyses of five representative counties, wartime violence, Ku Klux Klan membership, stock-law legislation, and textile mill records, Escott reaches telling conclusions on the interplay of race, class, and politics. Despite fundamental political and economic reforms, Escott argues, North Carolina's social system remained as hierarchical and undemocratic in 1900 as it had been in 1850.

Many Excellent People
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Idea of A Republic Versus Democracy
An Unpopular War and Poverty
Internal War
Reconstruction: Resistance to White Democracy
Reconstruction: the Battle Against Black Freedom
Change and Repression, 1868-1878
Unstable Dominance in A "New" South
Leaders of the New South
Workers in the New South
Democratic Challenge, Undemocratic Solution
Afterword
Notes
Index

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