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Becoming BourgeoisMerchant Culture in the South, 1820-1865$
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Frank J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124049

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124049.001.0001

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Secession, Merchant-Soldiers, and the Civil War, 1860–1863

Secession, Merchant-Soldiers, and the Civil War, 1860–1863

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Becoming Bourgeois

Frank J. Byrne

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the changes in the lives of merchant families in the American South during the period from 1860 to 1863. The election of Republican Abraham Lincoln to the presidency in 1860 precipitated the initial wave of southern state secessions and the following year eleven southern states declared their secession from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America. These events wreaked havoc upon the lives of thousands of southern merchants and their families because the war changed business patterns, threatened the safety of home and called men and merchants to become Confederate soldiers.

Keywords:   merchant families, American South, Abraham Lincoln, 1860 election, secession, Confederate States, business patterns, merchant soldiers

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