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Introduction

Frank J. Byrne

in Becoming Bourgeois

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124049
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124049.003.0001
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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the merchant culture in the antebellum American South during the period from 1820 to 1865 and how it was affected by the American Civil War. This book describes the merchant culture and political economy of the Old South and characterizes the antebellum merchant in southern society and the merchant family in the antebellum south. It also discusses the experiences of the merchant-soldiers and the conditions of the merchant family after the fall of the Confederacy.

Keywords: merchant culture; antebellum South; American South; American Civil War; political economy; merchant family; merchant-soldiers; Confederacy

Chapter.  4699 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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