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An American Aristocracy : Southern Planters in Antebellum Philadelphia - Daniel Kilbride

An American Aristocracy

Southern Planters in Antebellum Philadelphia

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2006
ISBN: 9781570036569
Number Of Pages: 272

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Placing class rather than race or gender at the center of this comparative study of North and South, Kilbride exposes the close connections that united privileged southerners and Philadelphians in the years leading to the Civil War. He finds that the bonds between these similarly educated and socialized groups to be so durable that they resisted sectional warfare. Kilbride notes that southern planters were drawn particularly to Philadelphia because of its proximity to the South and perception of the city as being untainted by northern radicalism. In addition, Philadelphia possessed well-regarded schools, prestigious intellectual societies, historical landmarks, and fashionable shopping districts. In the city's parlors, ballrooms, and classrooms, privileged northerners and southerners forged a republican aristocracy that ignored the Mason-Dixon line.

"Focusing on Carolina planter families like the Izards and Manigaults and their relations with upper-crust Philadelphians, Daniel Kilbride shows how conservative women and men bridged sectional lines, using reactionary politics, exclusive education, and polite social rituals to construct a distinct aristocratic identity." - Cynthia A. Kierner, author of Scandal at Bizarre"

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Carolina Rowp. 5
The Fisher Family Circlep. 30
"Your appropriate sphere as a lady": Philadelphia's French Schoolsp. 53
The Republic of Medicinep. 78
Science and Sociability: The American Philosophical Societyp. 104
"...all the world is a city": Travel and Tourismp. 127
Epiloguep. 147
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9781570036569
ISBN-10: 157003656X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st December 2006
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.48