Chapter

Conclusion

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/9780813124049.003.0008
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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the merchant culture in the antebellum American South and how it was affected by the American Civil War. The results reveal the identities and roles that southern merchants adopted and played during this period. It explains what the activities and popular images of the merchant class reveal about the nature of southern society as a whole and it also details the challenges faced by southern merchants during the war and their financial recovery after the fall of the Confederacy.

Keywords: merchant culture; American South; American Civil War; southern merchants; financial recovery; Confederacy

Chapter.  2457 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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