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By Stephanie McCurry

During this leading edge learn of the South Carolina Low state, writer Stephanie McCurry explores where of the yeomanry in plantation society--the advanced internet of household and public family in which they have been enmeshed, and the contradictory politics of slave society in which that classification of small farmers extracted the privileges of masterhood from the region's robust planters. Insisting at the centrality of ladies as old actors and gender as a class of research, this paintings exhibits how the fateful political offerings made via the low-country yeomanry have been rooted within the politics of the loved ones, rather within the known family of energy male heads of self sustaining families assumed over their dependents, even if slaves or loose girls and youngsters. Such masterly prerogatives, practiced within the household sphere and redeemed within the public, clarify the yeomanry's deep dedication to slavery and, eventually, their ardent include of secession.

By putting the yeomanry within the middle of the drama, McCurry bargains an important reinterpretation of this risky society at the street to Civil battle. via cautious and inventive use of a wide selection of archival resources, she brings vividly to existence the small worlds of yeoman families, and the bigger global of the South Carolina Low nation, the plantation South, and nineteenth-century the United States.

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Stephen's and St. fames, Santee, Charleston District Praying for New Public Landing on the Santee River," Petitions to the Legislature, 1849; "Petition of Sundry Citizens of Marion District Respecting Closing of Public Road," Petitions to the Legislature, 1852; "Petition of Sundry Citizens of Edisto Island, Colleton District, Requesting a New Landing," Petitions to the Legislature, 1855; "Petition of Sundry Citizens of St. James, Goose Creek Opposing the Opening of a New Public Road," Petitions to the Legislature, 1857; "Petition of Sundry Citizens of St.

William Elliott's principled conservative stewardship of proprietors' rights comes into clearer focus in the context of his own struggles to police the boundaries of his plantations. After years of acrimony over title to a piece of swamp land that lay between their plantations, Elliott's neighbor—none other than his old political enemy, Robert Barnwell Rhett—warned him to settle the case out of court. "Some things are worse than litigation," Rhett wrote in the ominous tone of much planter correspondence of 1850.

29— 31; Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese, "Yeoman Farmers in a Slaveholders' Democracy," in Fruits of Merchant Capital: Slavery and Bourgeois Property in the Rise and Expansion of Capitalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1983), pp. 249-71; FoxGenovese, "Antebellum Southern Households," pp. 215—53. 22. John Porteous v. , vol. : State Printer, 1841), pp. 332-33. 23. Law v. Nettles, in Bailey, Reports of Cases, vol. 2, pp. 447—48; State v. Thomas Dawson, Coosawhatchie [Beaufort District], Spring Term, 1835, in W.

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