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Becoming Southern : The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860 - Christopher Morris

Becoming Southern

The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780195134216
Number Of Pages: 288

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Mississippi represented the Old South and all that it stood for--perhaps more so than any other state. Tracing its long histories of economic, social, and cultural evolution, Morris takes a close and richly detailed look at a representative Southern community: Jefferson Davis's Warren County, in the state's southwestern corner. Drawing on many wills, deeds, court records, and manuscript materials, he reveals the transformation of a loosely knit, typically Western community of pioneer homesteaders into a distinctly Southern society based on plantation agriculture, slavery, and a patriarchal social order.
"This thoughtful, well-written study doubtless will be widely read and deservedly influential."--American Historical Review.

"In Becoming Southern Christopher Morris has produced an excellent example of the `new local history.'...he inevitably engages many historiographical issues that have dominated studies of the South for the past thirty years....this book is full of creative insights and manages to synthesize a variety of parts into a convincing portrait of a society and its people in the midst of change.--Georgia Historical Quarterly "This is a noteworthy book."--Journal of American History "This thoughtful, well-written study doubtless will be widely read and deservedly influential."--American Historical Review "Morris's research is prodigious, his presentation captivating."--New Orleans Review "This is a fascinating and illuminating book."--Canadian Journal of History "In Becoming Southern Christopher Morris has produced an excellent example of the `new local history.'...he inevitably engages many historiographical issues that have dominated studies of the South for the past thirty years....this book is full of creative insights and manages to synthesize a variety of parts into a convincing portrait of a society and its people in the midst of change.--Georgia Historical Quarterly "This is a noteworthy book."--Journal of American History "This thoughtful, well-written study doubtless will be widely read and deservedly influential."--American Historical Review "Morris's research is prodigious, his presentation captivating."--New Orleans Review "This is a fascinating and illuminating book."--Canadian Journal of History "Makes good use of a wide range of local records...gracefully address the big questions of southern history."--The Journal of Southern History "Morris uses an impressive array of primary and secondary sources to fashion a holistic, ethnohistorical, and anthropologically informed study that deals with the environmental setting, the economic adaptations, the social structures, the political struggles, and the emerging ideologies of a single community during nine decades of southern history."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Becoming Southern provides a coherent and illuminating...analysis of the patterns of economic, political, and social evolution in one antebellum county."--Mississippi Quarterly "In presenting his story of community formation, Morris introduces a number of thought-provoking ideas that often challenge conventional wisdom about slavery and the role of kin and family in southern life....There can be no question but that Morris's study is among the best on southern distinctiveness and community scholarship."--Southern Cultures "This fine study...makes an important contribution....Morris's study sheds considerable light on issues of regional significance by careful examination of a specific locale."--History "A worthy addition to the literature on the antebellum South. The book demonstrates how local social conditions influenced economic arrangements, political culture, and daily life, and Morris reminds scholars again that the Old South was neither monolithic nor static. For understanding Southern culture, Morris tells us in his introduction, 'the little community is a worthwhile place to start'. He has proved his point well."--Alabama Review "Christopher Morris displays the enviable ability to combine analytical sophistication and detailed analysis of local sources with a strong narrative and appropriate generalisations...a valuable source for students of all aspects of antebellum southern life."--American Studies Today

Introduction: The Evolution of Old South Civilization 1: Pioneers of the Loosa Chitto 2: Economic Transformation and the Rise of the Planters' World 3: Relations Within the Households: White Families 4: Households Within Households: Masters and Slaves 5: Brothers and Neighbors: The Politics of Patriarchy 6: Hamlets and Towns: The Urban Process 7: A Place Apart from the Countryside: The City of Vicksburg 8: Organizing a County Community: Neighborhoods, Parties, and the Politics of Development 9: A Cotton County Comes of Age 10: An End and a Beginning

ISBN: 9780195134216
ISBN-10: 0195134214
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.43