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De Bow's ReviewThe Antebellum Vision of a New South$
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John F. Kvach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813144207

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813144207.001.0001

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An Old Foundation for a New South

(p.1) Introduction
De Bow's Review

John F. Kvach

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the historical and historiographic legacy of J. D. B. De Bow and De Bow’s Review. De Bow’s antebellum editorial contributions created the foundation for a “New South” that historians often have attributed to southern boosters after the Civil War. De Bow urged antebellum southern readers to accept and invest in urban development, industrial growth, commercial prosperity, railroads, and scientific farming. This chapter corrects past historiographic oversights and mistakes by highlighting De Bow’s editorial contributions and contextualizing his ideas with his readers’ actions. Review readers become as important as De Bow because they offered him an outlet for new ideas and innovations.

Keywords:   J. D. B. De Bow, De Bow’s Review, Old South, Antebellum South, New South, New South Creed

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