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John Horry Dent: South Carolina Aristocrat on the Alabama Frontier

by Mathis, Ray
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Retail Price: $33.00
Issue: Spring 2005
ISBN: 0871351167

Mathis's book examines the financial and social existence of John Horry Dent. Despite having aristocratic lineage, marrying into the wealth of 45 slaves, and successfully starting several plantations in Barbour County, Alabama, Dent never fully trusted the system of slavery. As a result, he invested the profits of his plantations in banks and loans as opposed to putting it back into the agriculture. After the war, Dent moved to north Georgia where he believed yeoman farming had always thrived without slavery.

review of John Horry Dent: South Carolina Aristocrat on the Alabama Frontier, by Mathis, Ray, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2005).