Paperback / softback
July 7, 2014
9780813151649
English
288
Illus
9.25 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
.94 Pounds (US)
$45.00 USD, £21.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Common Whites

Class and Culture in Antebellum North Carolina

Class and culture in Antebellum North Carolina have been largely forgotten. In the past few years, several important studies have examined common whites in individual counties or groups of counties, but they have focused on family life, the economy, or other specific features of the common-white life. Common Whites: Class and Culture in Antebellum North Carolina is the first comprehensive examination of these nonslaveholders and small slaveholders in over forty years.

Using North Carolina as a case in point, Bill Cecil-Fronsman has sketched a broad portrait of the world made by this group. Drawing on travelers' accounts, newspapers, folksongs and folktales, quantitative analysis of census reports, and, above all, the common whites' own words, he has woven the individual threads of their culture into an in-depth analysis of their world and their responses to it.

This work focuses on the issues of class and culture. Here, Cecil-Fronsman explores why the common whites accepted the slave system even though it worked to their disadvantage. He demonstrates how the market economy of the outside world played a negligible role in their lives and how their unique traditional attitudes toward family and community evolved. Finally, he recounts how, although most common whites supported the Confederate cause during the Civil War, many of the old loyalties broke down during the war years.

The common whites, though they outnumbered the slaves and the elites, make up the least studied group in the Old South. This book takes us beyond the stereotypes and misconceptions to a better understanding of a group of people virtually ignored by traditional history.

About the Author

Bill Cecil-Fronsman is an assistant professor of history at Washburn University of Topeka.

9780813151649 : common-whites-cecil-fronsman
Paperback / softback
288 Pages
$45.00 USD

Other Titles in HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

Death and Rebirth in a Southern City

Ryan K. Smith
Nov 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$34.95 USD - Electronic book text

The Shell Builders

Colin Brooker
Aug 2020 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.99 USD - Hardback

I Feel To Believe

Jarvis DeBerry
Aug 2020 - University of New Orleans Press
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback