This Remote Part of the World
Regional Formation in Lower Cape Fear, North Carolina, 1725-1775
Employing social history tools used in studies of New England and Chesapeake but seldom applied to colonies further south, Wood examines probate, legal, real estate, and tax records to recreate the lives of 5,000 Cape Fear residents during the era 1725 to 1775. Rarely have such methods of intensive archival research, collective biography, and computer-driven sampling been applied to the writing of Carolina history, and Wood's approach makes for a pathbreaking application in a markedly understudied region.
Wood diverges from previous historiography by arguing that the Lower Cape Fear should be considered an entity separate and distinct from the rest of the Carolina coastal plain. While he links North and South Carolinians by family ties, economic enterprise, and cultural aspirations, he underscores the differences between the regions, including the Lower Cape Fear's commercial dependence on forest industries rather than rice culture. Wood ties these findings to broader processes of regional development and to the forces that shaped life for settlers in eighteenth-century America.
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"Despite the Lower Cape Fear region's importance to the social, economic, and political history of colonial North Carolina, few historians have addressed its distinctive regional patterns. Bradford J. Wood's superb new study employs innovative methods to overturn old myths and to provide a highly original interpretation of an area critical to North Carolina's development."—Jeffrey J. Crow, deputy secretary, North Carolina Office of Archives and History
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