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The Old South Frontier: Cotton Plantations and the Formation of Arkansas Society, 1819-1861

by McNeilly, Donald P.
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Retail Price: $34.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 1557286191

Analyzing the settlement and early statehood of Arkansas within a planter class vs. yeoman farmer framework, Donald P. McNeilly's book examines how the planters gained the upper hand, "recreat[ing] the society of the Old South in wilderness Arkansas." Yet the state was initially unified in support of secession, for reasons that McNeilly suspects are explained by "the peculiar amalgam of southern political culture: racial ideology, politics, collective myth, tribalism, and paranoid." Chapters include "The Arkansas Wilderness," "Making the Planter Class," "Yeoman Farmers in a Planter's Society," and "Brothers in Arms."

review of The Old South Frontier: Cotton Plantations and the Formation of Arkansas Society, 1819-1861, by McNeilly, Donald P., Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).