The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry…

Paperback | June 1, 2006

bySteven Hahn

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Despite the vast changes in plantation agriculture following the Civil War and Reconstruction, the lot of small farmers was little improved. Examining the nonplantation region of upcountry Georgia as a microcosm of the South, Steven Hahn showed how farmers were buffeted by such forces as theunravelling of antebellum household economy, the development of market forces, the growth of a new class of merchants-landlords, and rising tensions between town and countryside - and how their resentments fueld the Populist movement at the end of the 19th century. For this updated edition, Hahnwill add new material to discuss how the book has stood up since it was published over twenty years ago, how the arguments and questions were received, and what influence they may have had on scholarship. He will also consider what has happened to historical interest in Populism, poor white peopleand populist politics, as well as why he thinks it likely that interest may revive and what sort of questions and arguments may drive it.

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Despite the vast changes in plantation agriculture following the Civil War and Reconstruction, the lot of small farmers was little improved. Examining the nonplantation region of upcountry Georgia as a microcosm of the South, Steven Hahn showed how farmers were buffeted by such forces as theunravelling of antebellum household economy,...

Steven Hahn is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195306708

ISBN - 13:9780195306705

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List of MapsList of TablesList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart One: "The Poor Man's Best Government"1. "Society in the up Country"2. Bounds of Custom3. The Politics of IndependencePart Two: The Vortex of the Cotton Economy4. The Transformation of the Countryside5. Merchants, Farmers, and the Marketplace6. Power and Politics7. Common Right and CommonwealthEpilogue: The Contours of PopulismAppendix: Statistical Methods and TablesEssay on SourcesIndex