Focusing on Charleston, South Carolina, Jeff Strickland examines the ways that race, ethnicity, and class shaped the political economy of this vital Southern city during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Introduction -- Racial and ethnic diversity in the urban South -- Slavery and urban life -- Antebellum municipal politics and social control -- Postwar wage labor and petty capital formation -- Racial and ethnic relations during reconstruction -- The German schuetzenfest and the culture of white supremacy -- Postwar municipal politics and the failure of reconstruction -- Conclusion
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