Entrepreneurs in the Southern Upcountry: Commercial Culture in Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1845-1880 by University of Georgia Press
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In Entrepreneurs in the Southern Upcountry, Bruce W. Eelman complies with the evolution of a business culture in a nineteenth-century southerly neighborhood outside the ranch belt. Counter to the perspective that the Civil War and Reconstruction alone brought social and economic change to the South, Eelman discovers that antebellum Spartanburg businessmen supported an extensive vision for improving their area. Their plans were ahead looking, they still sustained slavery and racial segregation.By the 1840s, Spartanburg vendors, producers, lawyers, and other professionals were looking to take advantage of on the location's natural resources by advertising iron and fabric mills and a network of rail lines. Recognizing that social change needed to come with worldly change, these businessmen also worked to improve lawful and educational institutions. Their prewar success was limited, greatly as a result of lowcountry planters' political power. Their improving spirit would serve as an important structure for postwar development.Although the Civil War brought unprecedented trauma to the Spartanburg neighborhood, the improving vendors, industrialists, and lawyers strengthened their political and social authority in the consequences. Consequently, much of the improving plan of the 1850s was understood in the 1870s. Eelman discovers that Spartanburg's modernizers reduced lawful and educational reform just when its implementation promised to equip African Americans.
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