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Plain Folk's Fight: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Piney Woods Georgia

Mark V. Wetherington


In an examination of the effects of the Civil War on the rural Southern home front, this book looks closely at the experiences of white “plain folk”—mostly yeoman farmers and craftspeople—in the wiregrass region of southern Georgia before, during, and after the war. Although previous scholars have argued that common people in the South fought the battles of the region's elites, the book contends that the plain folk in this Georgia region fought for their own self-interest. Plain folk, whose communities were outside areas in which slaves were the majority of the population, feared black emancip ... More

Keywords: yeoman farmers, craftspeople, Civil War, home front, plain folk, southern Georgia, slaves, black emancipation, secession, cotton plantations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829639
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877043_wetherington


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark V. Wetherington, author