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Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South

Encyclopedia of the Antebellum South

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This comprehensive ready-reference encyclopedia of the history, people, events, places, movements, and issues of the Antebellum South is ideal for student use. Nearly 300 entries, selected for curriculum relevance with the assistance of historians and secondary school library media specialists, are organized alphabetically and thoroughly cross-referenced. The entries cover all aspects of political, economic, military, social, and cultural history of what was an exceedingly complex period fraught with contradictions. Slave life and conditions, plantation society, political and reform movements, revolts, industrialization, profiles with statistics of each Southern state, and biographical profiles of 90 key personalities of the period contribute to the comprehensive coverage of the encyclopedia. Each entry concludes with a bibliography of further reading suitable for students. A chronology of events and more than 45 illustrations from the period complement the text.

The work is dedicated to the history of the South and the southern lifestyle as it was in the half-century before the Civil War and looks at certain events a decade or so outside of this period to provide continuity. The authors have carefully selected entries that reveal the southern perceptions of society, culture, and politics. The South's peculiar institution of slavery and the extension of slavery into the territories are examined not only as uniquely individual elements of antebellum southern society but as themes which permeated the attitudes, beliefs, and actions of the antebellum southerner. The many entries on slave life and conditions provide the reader with a great deal of pertinent information about the institution of slavery and the lives of those enslaved. Easy to use and comprehensive, this is an ideal reference work for schools and public libraries.

Author: James Volo, Dorothy Volo
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 01/30/2000
Pages: 408
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.63lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 0.94d
ISBN: 9780313308864

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 06/01/2000 pg. 1948
Choice 09/01/2000 pg. 109
American Reference Bks Annual 01/01/2001 pg. 193
Rec Ref Bks for Small/Med Libr 01/01/2001 pg. 92

About the Author

JAMES M. VOLO is a teacher, historian, and living history enthusiast. He has been an active historic reenactor for more than two decades, participating in a wide range of living history events, including television and screen performance. With Dorothy Denneen Volo, he is co-author of Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998).

DOROTHY DENNEEN VOLO is a teacher and historian. She has been an active living history reenactor for twenty years and has been involved in numerous community historical education projects. With James M. Volo, she is co-author of Daily Life in Civil War America (Greenwood, 1998).

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