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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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The Merchant Family and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1864–1865

The Merchant Family and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1864–1865

(p.179) 6 The Merchant Family and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1864–1865
Becoming Bourgeois

Frank J. Byrne

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the condition of the merchant family in the American South during the period from 1984 to 1985. It suggests that the destruction wrought by the final two years of the American Civil War forced hundreds of merchants and their families to suspend business, relocate, and bury their dead. Many storekeepers lost their business and those who did continue to sell goods came under increased attack from a white southern population exhausted by war and speculation. The financial recovery of the southern merchants after the fall of the Confederacy was facilitated by their business ties with commercial wholesalers in the North and their common views with northern merchants.

Keywords:   merchant family, American South, American Civil War, financial recovery, Confederacy, northern merchants

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