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The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890
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 the unravelling of antebellum household economy, the development of market forces, the ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published February 7th 1985)
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Carefully crafted, deep analysis of two counties in Upcountry Georgia, 1850-1890. Explores the region’s experience with secession, the Confederacy, and the rise of a modern capitalist economy. Shows that the failure of Populism in the 1890s was due to trends decades in the making. Deep dive into poor farmers and their artisan republicanism.