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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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Reading and Investing in De Bow’s Ideas

Reading and Investing in De Bow’s Ideas

(p.99) 5 Reading and Investing in De Bow’s Ideas
De Bow's Review

John F. Kvach

University Press of Kentucky

De Bow’s Review attracted southerners with similar feelings about regional social and economic development. This chapter re-creates a sizable cohort of Review readers who subscribed to De Bow’s ideas. De Bow and his readers shared many of the same capitalistic interests and modern traits of those usually associated with the New South and the North. Yet, despite these modern capitalistic leanings, the vast majority of these men were unapologetic slaveholders and ardent supporters of the social and economic trappings provided by King Cotton. These antebellum innovators hoped for a future that included industrial development, diverse economic growth, educational opportunities, and improved scientific farming techniques. Review readers reflected shifts in southern society that increasingly valued the contributions of urban, middle-class merchants, professional men, and planters in the area then known as the Southwest (comprising Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee). De Bow became their public advocate and most vocal supporter.

Keywords:   Antebellum Southern Readers, King Cotton, Southern Capitalism, Old Southwest, Middle-Class Merchants, Professional Southerners

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