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Lincolnites and RebelsA Divided Town in the American Civil War$
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Robert Tracy McKenzie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.001.0001

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The “Metropolis” of East Tennessee

The “Metropolis” of East Tennessee

(p.11) CHAPTER ONE The “Metropolis” of East Tennessee
Lincolnites and Rebels

Robert Tracy McKenzie

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief sketch of the early career of William G. Brownlow and of his decision to locate in Knoxville in 1849. It then presents a snapshot of the town at mid-century, creating a sense both of the physical space and of the people who lived there. The chapter examines socioeconomic patterns of wealth, occupation, race, and ethnicity; assesses the vital importance of railroads to the town's development; and introduces several of the key figures who will play important roles in the drama soon to unfold. In the backdrop are two attendant themes: the emergence of Knoxville as the commercial hub of East Tennessee, and East Tennessee's decided sense of inferiority relative to the wealthier areas of Middle and West Tennessee.

Keywords:   William G. Brownlow, East Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, railroads, socioeconomic patterns

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