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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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Leaving an Old South, Entering a New South

Leaving an Old South, Entering a New South

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(p.33) 2 Leaving an Old South, Entering a New South
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De Bow's Review
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John F. Kvach

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813144207.003.0003

This chapter explores De Bow’s development as a journal editor. He saw New Orleans and the area then known as the Southwest (comprising Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee) as the embodiment of what he hoped the entire South could become. His experience as a delegate at the Memphis Commercial Convention in late 1845 allowed him to meet like-minded men who hoped to build factories and railroads, diversify agriculture, invest in cities and towns, and create a commercial link with the Far West. His enthusiasm and knowledge helped propel his dream of starting a monthly economic journal. With the blessing of prominent southerners, he published the first issue of De Bow’s Review in January 1846. Although an original thinker and advocate for change, De Bow understood his readership and published early articles on cotton cultivation, slave management, and plantation culture. He knew that for his plan to work he needed the support of planters as well as merchants and industrialists.

Keywords:   New Orleans, Louisiana, Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis Commercial Convention, De Bow’s Review, Cotton Cultivation, Slave Management, Old South

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