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Author Tolbert, Lisa C.

Title Constructing townscapes : space and society in antebellum Tennessee / Lisa C. Tolbert.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1999]


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 UniM Store  307.316209768 TOLB GA01    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 294 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-278) and index.
Contents Introduction: Excavating the Foundations - In Search of Small-Town History -- Pt. 1. Building Towns. 1. From Landscape to Townscape, 1790-1825. 2. A Townscape of Houses, 1819-1849. 3. Complete Renovation, 1850-1861 -- Pt. 2. Walking the Townscape. 4. Ladies and Other Women. 5. Store Clerks and Serenaders. 6. Small-Town Slaves -- Epilogue: Remnants of the Antebellum Townscape.
Summary The antebellum South has been drawn largely as a of contrasting map extremes -- a vast agrarian landscape punctuated by a few major cities. Small towns have either been viewed as sleepy villages that reflected the countryside or dismissed as urban microcosms. In ###Constructing Townscapes#, however, the small town emerges from obscurity to reveal its distinctive and influential role in the southern landscape.
Using existing architectural evidence as well as photographs, maps, diaries, letters, and newspapers, Lisa Tolbert shows how residents of four county seats in antebellum Middle Tennessee rebuilt and reorganized their towns in response to changing social and economic circumstances. She also illuminates the ways in which three seemingly powerless groups -- women, young men, and slaves -- influenced the arrangement of town space, vividly retracing the footsteps of members of these groups as they traveled town streets to perform their daily routines.
Through careful analysis of the relationships between the material and social contexts of town life, Tolbert shows that small towns, whose stories have usually been considered incidental to the course of southern history, should actually be understood as important components of antebellum southern culture.
Subject Architecture -- Tennessee.
Architecture -- Tennessee -- History -- 19th century.
Cities and towns -- Tennessee -- History -- 19th century.
Vernacular architecture -- Tennessee -- History -- 19th century.
Architecture and society -- Tennessee -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 0807824666 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0807847682 (paperback: acid-free paper)