Merchant Culture and the Political Economy of the Old South

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:
Merchant Culture and the Political Economy of the Old South

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This chapter examines the political economy and the merchant families of the antebellum American South. It explores how commerce distinguished southern merchant families and their culture in the antebellum South and describes the various social classes that composed southern society. It explains that credit, debt, trade, and merchant-clerk relations ordered the lives of southern merchant families and the conventions of the retail trade distinguished these Southerners from the majority of their neighbors.

Keywords: antebellum South; political economy; merchant culture; American south; merchant families; retail trade; merchant-clerk relations; debt; credit

Chapter.  11450 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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