Plantations and Plain Folk

1. Louis Filler, Slavery in the United States (American Studies (New Brunswick, N.J.).)

    A solid survey of slavery in the United States mostly absent of modern historical distortion.

2. Ulrich B. Phillips, Life and Labor in the Old South

    Now out of favor, Phillips was in fact a great historian who did more research about American slavery than anyone ever has and who was a progressive for his time.

3. Raimondo Luraghi, The Rise and Fall of the Plantation South

    A European scholar’s unique view of the nature and virtues of the antebellum South.

4. Eugene Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

    A classic work on slavery that manages to avoid hysteria and be sympathetic to white and black Southerners both.

5. Elizabeth Fox Genovese and Eugene Genovese, The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders’ Worldview

    The best balanced intellectual history on the antebellum white South.

6. Robert Fogel and Stanley Engernman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Slavery

    One of a number of books on the South that have been announced to have been disproved, though they haven’t really been.

7. Victoria Clayton, White And Black Under The Old Regime (1899)

    An account of life on an Alabama plantation both before and after the War by the wife of General Henry Delamar Clayton.

8. Archibald Rutledge, Home by the River

    The life of a Low Country South Carolina plantation.

9. Walter Prescott Webb, The Great Plains

    Westward moving Southerners adapt to a new environment.

10. Frank Owsley, Plain Folk of the Old South

    The definitive and never refuted description of the dominant agrarian middle class of the antebellum South.

11. Leon Litwack, North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860

    Litwack exposes Northern hypocrisy during the antebellum period regarding race relations and the status of black Americans.

12. Anne Farrow, Joel Land, and Jennifer Frank, Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery

    Farrow, Land, and Frank outline how the North profited from slavery and backed (financially, politically, and socially) its rise and success in America.

13. Larry Koger, Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860

    Koger’s work offers a compelling story on the complexities of slavery in the South. It is mostly an untold tale.

14. John S. Lupold and Thomas L. French, Jr., Bridging Deep South Rivers: The Life and Legend of Horace King

    The unknown story of freedman Horace King, the man who built several bridges across the Chattahoochee and supplied the lumber for the Confederate ironclad, the C.S.S. Jackson.

15. Everett Dick, The Dixie Frontier: A Social History

    A solid cultural history about life on the Southern frontier.