Title page for ETD etd-11142012-040135
|Type of Document
||Grant, Charles L.
||An Appalachian portrait :black and white in Montgomery County, Virginia, before the Civil War
||Master of Arts
|Wallenstein, Peter R.
|Shifflett, Crandall A.
|Williamson, Gustavus G.
|Date of Defense
Montgomery County, Virginia, is a southern Appalachian county
founded in 1776. Throughout the county's antebellum history, as with most
other regions of the South, four major population groups were visibly
present. There were slaves, free blacks, white slaveowners, and white
non-slaveowners. Little research has previously been conducted on the
antebellum people of the Appalachian South. This work is a social history
consisting of cross tabulations of data found in the county's manuscript
census reports for 1850 and 1860. County court records also provide much
useful information on the people and their activities before the Civil
War. Together they form an invaluable source of information on antebellum
mountain life as a forgotten segment of southern society.
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