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Becoming Bourgeois: Merchant Culture in the South, 1820-1865

Frank J. Byrne


This book focuses on what historians have come to call the “middling sort”, the economic group falling between yeoman farmers and the planter class that dominated the antebellum South. At a time when Southerners rarely traveled far from their homes, these merchants annually ventured forth on buying junkets to northern cities. The southern merchant community promoted the kind of aggressive business practices that proponents of the “New South” would later claim as their own. This book reveals the peculiar strains of modern liberal-capitalist and conservative thought that permeated the culture of ... More

Keywords: middling sort, antebellum South, junkets, merchant community, New South, merchant families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813124049
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank J. Byrne, author