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An Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era

Adam Wesley Dean


The familiar story of the Civil War tells of a predominately agricultural South pitted against a rapidly industrializing North. However, this book argues that the Republican Party’s political ideology was fundamentally agrarian. Believing that small farms owned by families for generations led to a model society, Republicans supported a northern agricultural ideal in opposition to southern plantation agriculture, which destroyed the land’s productivity, required constant western expansion, and produced an elite landed gentry hostile to the Union. The book shows how agrarian republicanism shaped ... More

Keywords: Civil War, agricultural south, Republican Party, agrarian, small farms, southern plantation agriculture, productivity, landed gentry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469619910
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Wesley Dean, author