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Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina since the Civil War

Adrienne Monteith Petty


After the Civil War, a reinvigorated group of small farm owners emerged in North Carolina’s Lower Cape Fear region. Former slaves and landless freemen joined the established antebellum yeomanry in accumulating small farms carved out of the exhausted turpentine-producing forests of the region. This book explores their growth and decline between 1880 and 1980, focusing on how the simultaneous rise of the Jim Crow social order destroyed their ability to defend their interests as unified class. Small farm owners reemerged as a class at a particularly dynamic moment. Agrarian protest movements were ... More

Keywords: Lower Cape Fear, southeastern North Carolina, small farm owners, small farmers, turpentine, agriculture, farming, yeoman farmers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199938520
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne Monteith Petty, author
City College of New York