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Modern cronies : southern industrialism from gold rush to convict labor, 1829-1894

Author: Kenneth H Wheeler
Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2021]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book traces how various industrialists, thrown together by the effects of the Southern gold rush, shaped the development of the southeastern United States. Existing historical scholarship treats the gold rush as self-contained, in which aside from Cherokee Removal (admittedly no small thing) and a supply of miners to California in 1849, the gold rush had no other effects. In fact, the Southern gold rush was a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth H Wheeler
ISBN: 9780820357508 0820357502 9780820357522 0820357529
OCLC Number: 1183398741
Description: pages cm
Contents: Ararat --
A Railroad and Rowland Springs --
Iron --
The Education of Joseph E. Brown --
The Republic of Georgia --
Destruction --
Anew.
Responsibility: Kenneth H. Wheeler.

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"This book traces how various industrialists, thrown together by the effects of the Southern gold rush, shaped the development of the southeastern United States. Existing historical scholarship treats the gold rush as self-contained, in which aside from Cherokee Removal (admittedly no small thing) and a supply of miners to California in 1849, the gold rush had no other effects. In fact, the Southern gold rush was a significant force. The pressure brought by the gold rush for Cherokee Removal opened the path of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, which created both Atlanta and Chattanooga. Iron makers, attracted by the gold rush, built the most elaborate iron-making operations in the Deep South near this railroad, in Georgia's Etowah Valley; some of these iron makers became the industrial talent in the fledgling post-bellum city of Birmingham, Alabama. This book explicates the networks of associations and interconnections across these varied industries in a way that newly interprets the development of the southeastern United States. The book also reconsiders the meaning of Joseph E. Brown, Georgia's influential Civil War governor, political heavyweight, and wealthy industrialist. Brown was nurtured in the Etowah Valley by people who celebrated mining, industrialization, banking, land speculation, and railroading as a pathway to a prosperous future. The book explains Brown's familial, religious, and social ties to these people, clarifies the origins of Brown's interest in convict labor, explains how he used his knowledge acquired in the gold rush to enrich himself as he marketed the Canton Copper Mine, and how after the Civil War Brown, aided by his sons, dominated and modeled an enriching crony capitalism with far-reaching implications"--

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