The old south, in imagination, was a land of prosperous plantations and happy negroes, large white houses with window glass, cultured people who could read and write, music and literature, and a stable economy based on cotton. But to campbell, poor whites have seen government try to make peace between various warring factions but they have not been brought to the bargaining table the result is pockets of despair in many parts of the country, most predominantly the south. The poor whites of the antebellum south, jeff forret maintains, have suffered from scholarly neglect and contemporary prejudice in order for scholars to understand issues of race and class in the old south, stereotypes must be cast aside in favor of more nuanced analysis. The author details how the maintenance of black slavery in the south also created horrible economic conditions for poor whites as they were kept in poverty by having to compete with slave labor for jobs and income. Poor whites of the antebellum southsheds light on a group often neglected in southern history it is an important contribution that will be of interest to all students and historians of the american south.
Basically, with the influx of slaves from the upper to the lower south in the mid-1800s, poor whites increasingly found themselves unemployed and underemployed, and became cyclically impoverished. In fact, by the nineteenth century, popular works in the south depicted female slaves as lustful, promiscuous jezebels who shamelessly tempted white owners into sexual relations, thereby justifying abuse perpetrated by white men against black women. Poor whites, slave insurrections, and the social order: black and white interaction and the spectre of rebellion in the antebellum south by jeffrey glossner in the decades before the american civil war, as sectional tensions and debates brought slave society to the forefront of intellectual culture, rising economic inequality brought the.
He is the author of poor whites of the antebellum south: tenants and laborers in central north carolina and northeast mississippi, and co-editor of the confessions of edward isham: a poor white life of the old south. In poor whites of the antebellum south, charles bolton effectively reveals the economic, social, and political complexity of landless white tenants and laborers in antebellum north carolina and mississippi. Mulattoes in the antebellum south occupied a distinct position between blacks and whites (bodenhorn and ruebeck 2003), yet romano (2003) reports that children of mixed racial heritage were thought to be morally and physically inferior to pure blacks, and more prone to diseases. How different were the rich white women compared to the poor white women in the south during the antebellum period during the pre-civil war period, the wealthy white women and the poor white women lived very differently.
Antebellum period summary: the antebellum period in american history is generally considered to be the period before the civil war and after the war of 1812, although some historians expand it to all the years from the adoption of the constitution in 1789 to the beginning of the civil war it was. This the poor white foreign laborer upon our river-swamps and in our southern cities, especially in mobile and new-orleans, and upon the public works of the south, is a daily witness of. The baton foundation, inc, in partnership with the auburn avenue research library on african american culture and history, will host a lecture and book signing about poor whites and slavery in antebellum america. She is the author of masterless men: poor whites and slavery in the antebellum south (cambridge university press, 2017) and the co-editor of the forthcoming reviving southern labor history: race, class, and power. Indeed, during the late antebellum period in the plantation deep south, class tensions between whites were rife and as conflicting views over slavery mounted, a deep distrust - and at times, hatred - divided the rich and the impoverished.
White north carolinians during the antebellum period fell into one of three general classes: poor whites, yeoman farmers, and the upper class, including planters poor whites at the bottom of the white social hierarchy were the poor who owned no land the reasons for their poverty varied. The ante-bellum south: life on the plantation another image of the antebellum south was of the poorest whites, often many of those poor whites lived in the. Masterless men: poor whites and slavery in the antebellum south keri leigh merritt cambridge university press hardcover, 361 pages, $5999 (paperback, $3299) may 2017 there are two things tha.
Novels and movies provide us with views of women in the antebellum south who are graceful, charming belles—attending barbecues, county fairs, and cotillion balls until marriage transforms them into plantation mistresses. Jeff forret - author of race relations at the margins: slaves and poor whites in the antebellum southern countryside 'keri leigh merritt reveals the parallel roots of white poverty and slavery in the antebellum south. Today we chat with dr keri leigh merritt about the topic of her new book, masterless men: poor whites and slavery in the antebellum south (cambridge university press, 2017) dr merritt is on twitter as @kerileighmerrit and her professional website is .