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by Jeff Forret

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Jeff Forret
ISBN: 0807131458
ISBN13: 978-0807131459
Language: English
Publisher: LSU Press; First Edition edition (July 1, 2006)
Pages: 288
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Start by marking Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves . Covering a broad geographic scope from Virginia to South Carolina between 1820 and 1860, Jeff Forret scrutinizes relations among rural poor whites and slaves, a subject previously unexplored and certainly under-reported.

Start by marking Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. has deepened our understanding of the complexity of relations between slaves and poor whites. - Georgia Historical Quarterly.

As Jeff Forret explains, "it was since indentured servitude that poor white women have always been regarded as sexually depraved, their bodies being considered ugly, dirty, and disgusting and even well into the 20 th century the poor white female image has been construed as physically, intellectually and psychologically unappealing. Stereotyping and Stigmatizing of Poor Whites in Today's USA. Article.

Forret defines "poor whites" rather broadly. The first chapter of Race Refations at the Margins lays out Forret's overarching argument. He includes in his study not merely laborers and tenants but also individuals who owned property, including small farms, slaves, and grog shops. His definition of the term snares some folk most historians would describe as "yeomen" but excludes others of that class. His embrace of a more liberal definition of poor white is understandable. Although granting that slaves and poor whites sustained "mutual resentment and contempt," he offers evidence that their "loathing coexisted with friendship and camaraderie" (p. 34).

Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside (LSU Press, 2006). Poor Whites in the Antebellum . South (Topical Guide), H-Slavery, July 2019 online. Hillbilly: A cultural history of an American icon (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Race and class, Forret demonstrates, intersected in unique ways for those at the margins of southern society, challenging .

Race and class, Forret demonstrates, intersected in unique ways for those at the margins of southern society, challenging the belief that race created a social cohesion among whites regardless of economic status. As Forret makes apparent, colonial-era flexibility in race relations never entirely disappeared despite the of slavery and the growing rigidity of color lines

Covering a broad geographic scope from Virginia to South Carolina between 1820 and 1860, Jeff Forret scrutinizes relations among rural poor whites and slaves, a subject previously unexplored and certainly under-reported. Forret's findings challenge historians' long-held assumption that mutual violence and animosity characterized the two groups' interactions; he reveals that while poor whites and slaves sometimes experienced bouts of hostility, often they worked or played in harmony and camaraderie.

Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves And Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside. Louisiana State University Press. Gallagher, Charles A. 1999. Rethinking the Color Line. Garcia, Ignacio . 2008

Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves And Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside. 2008. White But Not Equal: Mexican Americans, Jury Discrimination, and the Supreme Court. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona. Garroutte, Eva, 2003. Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America.

on relations between the enslaved and poor whites in the Old South. There are lots of specific surprises in the book, in terms of what historical figures pop up and the different plot twists the story takes.

Honestly, I had no clue as to who Jeff Forret was prior to his newly released book entitled Williams Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and His Cargo of Black Convicts landing on my doorstep. That raised a whole series of questions in my mind and gave me what became my dissertation topic, on relations between the enslaved and poor whites in the Old South. But for me, I think it would be the pervasiveness of the domestic slave trade in antebellum American life.

His latest book, Williams' Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and His Cargo of Black Convicts (Cambridge University Press) is a legal history of the coastwise domestic slave trade, funded by a William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship and an NEH Summer Stipend .

"Forret... has deepened our understanding of the complexity of relations between slaves and poor whites." -- Georgia Historical Quarterly

Covering a broad geographic scope from Virginia to South Carolina between 1820 and 1860, Jeff Forret scrutinizes relations among rural poor whites and slaves, a subject previously unexplored and certainly under-reported. Forret's findings challenge historians' long-held assumption that mutual violence and animosity characterized the two groups' interactions; he reveals that while poor whites and slaves sometimes experienced bouts of hostility, often they worked or played in harmony and camaraderie. Race Relations at the Margins is remarkable for its focus on lower-class whites and their dealings with slaves outside the purview of the master. Race and class, Forret demonstrates, intersected in unique ways for those at the margins of southern society, challenging the belief that race created a social cohesion among whites regardless of economic status.

As Forret makes apparent, colonial-era flexibility in race relations never entirely disappeared despite the institutionalization of slavery and the growing rigidity of color lines. His book offers a complex and nuanced picture of the shadowy world of slave--poor white interactions, demanding a refined understanding and new appreciation of the range of interracial associations in the Old South.

"A useful addition to a growing literature on nonelite southerners in plantation societies." -- Journal of Social History

Comments to eBook Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside
Ghordana
Well written and interesting, well cited.
Amhirishes
I had the pleasure of taking a few Master's level History courses from Dr. Forett! Brilliant man as well as a brillliant author and scholar! Very well researched and a great read for anyone interested in the antebellum period!
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