Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770…

Paperback | July 15, 1999

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Mississippi represented the Old South and all that it stood for--perhaps more so than any other state. Tracing its long histories of economic, social, and cultural evolution, Morris takes a close and richly detailed look at a representative Southern community: Jefferson Davis's Warren County,in the state's southwestern corner. Drawing on many wills, deeds, court records, and manuscript materials, he reveals the transformation of a loosely knit, typically Western community of pioneer homesteaders into a distinctly Southern society based on plantation agriculture, slavery, and apatriarchal social order. "This thoughtful, well-written study doubtless will be widely read and deservedly influential."--American Historical Review.

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Mississippi represented the Old South and all that it stood for--perhaps more so than any other state. Tracing its long histories of economic, social, and cultural evolution, Morris takes a close and richly detailed look at a representative Southern community: Jefferson Davis's Warren County,in the state's southwestern corner. Drawing ...

Christopher Morris is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195134214

ISBN - 13:9780195134216

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Evolution of Old South Civilization1. Pioneers of the Loosa Chitto2. Economic Transformation and the Rise of the Planters' World3. Relations Within the Households: White Families4. Households Within Households: Masters and Slaves5. Brothers and Neighbors: The Politics of Patriarchy6. Hamlets and Towns: The Urban Process7. A Place Apart from the Countryside: The City of Vicksburg8. Organizing a County Community: Neighborhoods, Parties, and the Politics of Development9. A Cotton County Comes of Age10. An End and a Beginning

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"This fine study...makes an important contribution....Morris's study sheds considerable light on issues of regional significance by careful examination of a specific locale."--History