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The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 [Book Review]

Kousser, J. Morgan (1984) The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 [Book Review]. American Historical Review, 89 (3). pp. 854-855. ISSN 0002-8762. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20131009-110638070

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Abstract

Basing his sweeping reinterpretation of southern society and politics from the 1850s to the 1890s chiefly on an intense study of two counties in the Georgia upcountry, Steven Hahn argues that white southern yeomen were transmogrified largely against their will from subsistence farmers in the antebellum era to producers, particularly of cotton, for local, national, and international markets after 1865. During the 1880s, many small farmers, in what he depicts as an effort to defend their "Revolutionary republican heritage" (p. 240), opposed such laws as those that required owners to fence in their animals, instead of letting them roam freely down village streets, or through neighbors' corn fields. Reacting against their changed socioeconomic roles and against the credit relations that their abandonment of self-sufficiency necessitated, yeomen voted "independent" in the 1870s and Populist in the 1890s. These clashes between Democrats and their opponents reflected not simply material self-interest, Hahn asserts repeatedly, but profound cultural differences between smallholders who adhered to a preindustrial "republican producer ideology'' (p. 283) and the forces of "bourgeois individualism and the free market" (p. 282), here represented by small town merchants and a developing "agrarian bourgeoisie" (p. 244). Engagingly written, provocative, fashionably blending simple social statistics with cultural "Marxism," this book, winner of the Nevins dissertation prize, has already attracted considerable attention.


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Additional Information:© 1984 Oxford University Press. Book review of: The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890. New York: Oxford University Press. 1983. Pp. xvii; 340. ISBN: 9780195032499
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Official Citation:The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 by Steven Hahn Review by: J. Morgan Kousser The American Historical Review , Vol. 89, No. 3 (Jun., 1984), pp. 854-855 Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Historical Association Article DOI: 10.2307/1856281 Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1856281
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