Front Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Dedication

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pp. 6-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction: An Old Foundation for a New South

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pp. 1-10

James Dunwoody Brownson (J. D. B.) De Bow lived a paradoxical life. Born into a middle-class merchant family along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina in 1820, he used his monthly journal, commonly known as De Bow’s Review, to become the chief spokesman for wealthy planters and entrepreneurs in the Old Southwest. ...

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1. Learning to Be Southern and American

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pp. 11-32

By the beginning of the nineteenth century, Charleston, South Carolina, stood ready to claim its position alongside New York, Boston, and Philadelphia as one of the great American cities. Since the earliest settlers had founded the small port village on a marshy peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers in 1670, ...

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2. Leaving an Old South, Entering a New South

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pp. 33-54

On his way to Memphis, De Bow stopped in New Orleans for a brief visit to familiarize himself with his new home. He explored the city and became better acquainted with the nation’s second busiest port behind only New York City. Thousands of ships crowded the docks and levies, creating a forest of masts and clouds of steam and smoke. ...

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3. A Busy and Fractured Mind of the South

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pp. 55-74

News of De Bow’s failure circulated among affluent southerners who read or contributed to the Review. Maunsel White pledged financial support to his friend, and readers from around the South sent subscriptions in to De Bow. R. F. W. Allston of South Carolina delivered eight new paid orders, intending to give them to friends. ...

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4. Embracing Southern Anger and Southern Nationalism

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pp. 75-98

De Bow’s life had changed dramatically since he revived the Review in July 1849. His increased involvement in the sectional debate over slavery promised to keep him busy as an editor, speaker, and promoter. He had rescued the Review from failure, overseen the completion of the 1850 census, and moved from New Orleans to Washington, DC. ...

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5. Reading and Investing in De Bow's Ideas

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pp. 99-126

After fourteen years in business, De Bow had cultivated a healthy subscription list by offering practical articles to southern readers interested in commercial growth, urban development, industrialization, agricultural reform, and railroad construction. In more recent years he had also earned the respect of southern nationalists, states’ rights advocates, ...

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6. War Tests De Bow's Theories and Patience

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pp. 127-150

On December 20, 1860, the recording secretary of the Convention of the People of South Carolina marked 169 ayes for secession and nary a nay against disunion. Although there had been moderate opposition to immediate secession in the state, the lack of a single dissenting vote proved that the issue of slavery had narrowed regional interests ...

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7. The Reformulation of De Bow's Old New South

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pp. 151-176

Like many white southerners in the late spring of 1865, De Bow had to reconcile his feelings about the Confederate defeat with the prospect of rebuilding the South and rejoining the United States. Burned-out cities, wrecked railroads, untended fields, and disconnected commercial routes confronted millions of southerners, both black and white. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 177-178

When I conceived of the idea that J. D. B. De Bow would make a good topic for my dissertation I did not realize that he would become an almost constant companion in my life for the next eight years. Although my friends and family might have tired of him long ago, I have enjoyed my time with De Bow and his readers. ...

Appendix: The Identified Readership of De Bow's Review

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pp. 179-206

Notes

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pp. 207-242

Bibliography

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pp. 243-264

Index

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pp. 265-270

Series Page

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pp. 280-281