Planters and the Making of a "New South"
Class, Politics, and Development in North Carolina, 1865-1900
Dwight B. Billings
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
| University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9781469640068
Billings disputes the assumption that an incipient merchant class
built the state's cotton mills; he reveals that a majority of the
early mills was owned by prominent planters and agrarians. He shows
the persistent hegemony and support for industrialization among the
landed upper class and describes several generations of five
powerful North Carolina families who spread plantation paternalism
to the mill-village system. Billings compares this with similar
cases in Germany and Japan.
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