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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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Merchant Culture in the Slave South and Beyond

(p.203) Conclusion
Becoming Bourgeois

Frank J. Byrne

University Press of Kentucky

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

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