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The Conquest of Labor offers the first biography of Daniel Pratt (1799–1873), a New Hampshire native who became one of the South’s most important industrialists. After moving to Alabama in 1833, Pratt started a cotton gin factory near Montgomery that by the eve of the Civil War had become the largest in the world. Pratt became a household name in cotton-growing states, and Prattville—the site of his operations—one of the antebellum South’s most celebrated manufacturing towns.

Based on a rich cache of personal and business records, Curtis J. Evans’s study of Daniel Pratt and his “Yankee” town in the heart of the Deep South challenges the conventional portrayal of the South as a premodern region hostile to industrialization and shows that, contrary to current popular thought, the South was not so markedly different from the North.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Prologue: Before Alabama
  2. pp. 6-PS2
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  1. 1. Manufacturing Cotton Gins: 1833–1850
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. 2. Manufacturing Cotton Gins: 1850–1861
  2. pp. 32-64
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  1. 3. Manufacturing Textiles: 1846–1861
  2. pp. 65-96
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  1. 4. The Man at the Center
  2. pp. 97-PS4
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  1. 5. Building a Town: Prattville, 1846–1861
  2. pp. 121-PS14
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  1. 6. Building a Society: Prattville, 1840–1861
  2. pp. 143-165
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  1. 7. The Politics of Daniel Pratt: 1847–1856
  2. pp. 166-199
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  1. 8. Secession and Civil War: 1857–1865
  2. pp. 200-234
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  1. 9. Rebuilding Prattville: 1865–1873
  2. pp. 235-270
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  1. 10. Building a New South: 1865–1873
  2. pp. 271-PS16
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  1. Epilogue: Daniel Pratt's Legacy
  2. pp. 295-302
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  1. Appendix: Pratt-Ticknor Genealogy
  2. pp. 303-304
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 305-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-337
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780807156827
Related ISBN
9780807126950
MARC Record
OCLC
933515583
Pages
370
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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