From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South

Central Georgia, 1800-1880

By Joseph P. Reidy

376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 16 halftones, 3 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4552-3
    Published: November 1995
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6406-7
    Published: November 2000

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"Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history, placing the social transformation of the South in the context of 'the age of capital' and the changes in the markets, ideologies, etc. of the Atlantic world system. Better than anyone perhaps, Reidy has elaborated both the large and small narratives of this development, connecting global forces with the initiatives and reactions of ordinary southerners, black and white."--Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

"Joseph Reidy's detailed analysis of social and economic developments in central Georgia during and after slavery will take its place among the standard works on these subjects. Its discussions of the expansion of the cotton kingdom and of the changes after emancipation make it necessary reading for all concerned with southern and African-American history."--Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

"Successfully places the experience of one region's people into the larger theoretical context of world capitalist development and in the process challenges other scholars to do the same."--Rural Sociology

About the Author

Joseph P. Reidy is professor of history at Howard University. He is coeditor of four volumes in the multivolume project, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.


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Reviews

"For its ability to bring to life a cotton plantation region and to relate its story to larger developments in the growth of capitalism, this book is an impressive and significant contribution to southern history."--Southern Cultures

"Reidy has produced one of the most thoughtful treatments to date of a critical moment in southern history, placing the social transformation of the South in the context of 'the age of capital' and the changes in the markets, ideologies, etc. of the Atlantic world system. Better than anyone perhaps, Reidy has elaborated both the large and small narratives of this development, connecting global forces with the initiatives and reactions of ordinary southerners, black and white."--Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago

"Joseph Reidy's detailed analysis of social and economic developments in central Georgia during and after slavery will take its place among the standard works on these subjects. Its discussions of the expansion of the cotton kingdom and of the changes after emancipation make it necessary reading for all concerned with southern and African-American history."--Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester

"Successfully places the experience of one region's people into the larger theoretical context of world capitalist development and in the process challenges other scholars to do the same."--Rural Sociology

"An excellent monograph to use in a U.S. history survey or in a seminar on the American South."--Southern Economic Journal

"The most important book among 'new' emancipation studies."--Choice