Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorSammons, Franklin Calame
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:25:06Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:25:06Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.othersammons_franklin_c_201112_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/sammons_franklin_c_201112_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27808
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the cultural history of ambition, indebtedness, and insolvency in antebellum Alabama. While historians have examined many of the social, cultural, and economic aspects of failure and debt, their studies have tended to neglect the South. However, concerns about indebtedness and insolvency consumed many white Alabamians, a result of social and cultural ideals that conflicted with the economic realities of a cotton economy dependent on credit. Elite men brought with them values and identities rooted in the traditions of more stable communities and economies that floundered amidst the chaotic commercial world of the cotton frontier. Networks of debt and credit that worked well to solidify social ties in the older states of the South, could not function the same where a competitive, acquisitive, and speculative spirit thrived. When elite white men failed, ideas about honor, manhood, and independence, all shaped the way they interpreted their failure.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectDebt
dc.subjectCredit
dc.subjectAntebellum South
dc.subjectAlabama
dc.subjectInsolvency
dc.subjectSlavery
dc.subjectCotton
dc.titleFailure's frontier
dc.title.alternativeambition, indebtedness, and insolvency in antebellum Alabama
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentHistory
dc.description.majorHistory
dc.description.advisorStephen Mihm
dc.description.committeeStephen Mihm
dc.description.committeeJohn Inscoe
dc.description.committeeStephen Berry


Files in this item

FilesSizeFormatView

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record