An Old Foundation for a New South
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.
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