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Goat CastleA True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635033

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.001.0001

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Prologue

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Goat Castle
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Karen L. Cox

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.003.0001

The prologue introduces Natchez, Mississippi, and the principals involved in a murder that made national headlines. It provides the history of the planter aristocracy, explains perceptions of the South in the 1930s, the Natchez pilgrimage, the domestic slave trade, the national media attention, and attempts by earlier writers to document the story. Well known families include the Merrills, the Minors, and the Danas. There is also some discussion of Mississippi during the Civil War and the Cotton Kingdom.

Keywords:   Natchez, Planter aristocracy, Domestic slave trade, Civil War, Cotton Kingdom, South

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