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By Joseph P. Reidy

Reidy has produced essentially the most considerate remedies to this point of a serious second in southern heritage, putting the social transformation of the South within the context of 'the age of capital' and the alterations within the markets, ideologies, and so on. of the Atlantic international procedure. greater than someone maybe, Reidy has elaborated either the big and small narratives of this improvement, connecting worldwide forces with the projects and reactions of standard southerners, black and white.--Thomas C. Holt, collage of Chicago

"Joseph Reidy's targeted research of social and fiscal advancements in principal Georgia in the course of and after slavery will take its position one of the commonplace works on those topics. Its discussions of the growth of the cotton country and of the alterations after emancipation make it valuable examining for all focused on southern and African-American history.--Stanley Engerman, college of Rochester

"Successfully areas the adventure of 1 region's humans into the bigger theoretical context of worldwide capitalist improvement and within the strategy demanding situations different students to do the same.--Rural Sociology

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Even among masters and slaves who had simply moved from one location to another, new circumstances often required modifying customary practices, if not formulating entirely new ground rules governing behavior. This revamping was not a new phenomenonit had characterized American slavery from the beginning. 27 In upcountry Georgia, the adjustment produced a crazy-quilt pattern of social relations, with masters and slaves settling upon whatever arrangements worked best for them. Given the large proportions of smallholding masters and African-born slaves, habits of domination and submission evolved on the ground, with considerable give and take and no doubt considerable violence.

To the east is middle Georgia, an older plantation area wherein lies Milledgeville, the antebellum capital of the state, approximately thirty miles east of Macon. Roughly 100 miles farther to the east on the Savannah River lies Augusta, from colonial times a major upcountry market. Southwest Georgia, situated below Houston County, was the state's cotton frontier by the mid-nineteenth century. Geographically, central Georgia straddles the fall line, running northeast to southwest, and the Ocmulgee River, flowing northwest to southeast.

8 Rain turned the roads into quagmires; bridges were ramshackle in every season. Migrants moved most conveniently on foot or horseback. Homesteaders from elsewhere in Georgia generally settled in two stages. At first only men (the master, his grown sons, and his adult male slaves) made the trip, clearing the land, erecting shelters, and planting a crop of corn. 9 Migrants from greater distances made only one move, but rarely without advice from an advance party. In 1826, for instance, the family of James Rowe Coombs, with all its slaves and belongings, left North Carolina for Twiggs County in company with a group of neighbors.

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