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Author Nash, Steven E., author.

Title Reconstruction's ragged edge : the politics of postwar life in the southern mountains / Steven E. Nash.

Published Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Civil War America
Civil War America (Series)
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Setting the stage: antebellum and Civil War western North Carolina -- Mountain masters without slaves: the aftermath of slavery, 1865-1867 -- Great time for the Tories and Negroes: loyalty, race, and power, 1865-1868 -- Agents of change: the Freedmen's Bureau, 1867-1868 -- Every thing that the devil can suggest: Klan violence and the Republicans' failure, 1868-1872 -- The beginning of a "new" mountain South: agriculture, railroads, and social change, 1872-1880.
Summary "Nash analyzes the unfolding of Reconstruction in the mountain counties of southern Appalachia, focusing on the particular ways that region's patterns of development, relatively low levels of prewar slaveholding, political allegiances, histories of violence, etc., shaped the era politically and socially. Nash chronicles the region's political transformation, first as a new politics predicated on wartime loyalty rose in place of the prewar partisan system. He argues this first transition was followed by a further transformation as anti-Confederates relied on the federal government (mostly in the form of the Freedmen's Bureau) to establish a coherent party and platform in the region. Finally, Nash shows how the Conservative resurgence toppled this new regime, with conservatives aggressively courting new economic development schemes in order to connect the region into the burgeoning national markets"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- North Carolina, Western.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781469628080 (electronic bk.)
1469628082 (electronic bk.)
9781469626253 (electronic bk.)
146962625X (electronic bk.)