The First New South: J. D. B. De Bow’s Promotion of a Modern Economy in the Old South

USS ALASKA

1st Lieutenant
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Ma'ams / Sirs - a paper to go with all the threads we have on the Transcontinental Railroad...and since J. D. B. De Bow is mentioned so much...

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/transcontinental-railroad-and-jefferson-davis.143941/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/trr-true-cause-of-the-war.151869/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/the-fire-eaters-and-railroads.154651/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/th...use-of-the-civil-war-for-independence.152648/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/18...al-railroad-eastern-southern-terminus.153207/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/why-the-south-did-not-get-a-railroad-to-the-pacific.159206/

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange
Doctoral Dissertations Graduate School
8-2008

The First New South: J. D. B. De Bow’s Promotion of a Modern Economy in the Old South
by John Franklin Kvach

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
This Dissertation is brought to you for free and open access by the Graduate School at Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. It has been accepted for inclusion in Doctoral Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Abstract
Between 1846 and 1867, J. D. B. De Bow, the editor of De Bow’s Review, promoted agricultural reform, urbanization, industrialization, and commercial development in the nineteenth-century South. His monthly journal appealed to thousands of antebellum southerners with similar interests in a modern market economy. De Bow’s vision and his readers’ support of economic diversification predated the rhetoric of postbellum boosters who promised a New South after the Civil War. He created an economic plan that resonated among urban, middle-class merchants and professionals; wealthy planters; and prominent industrialists. They supported De Bow because he understood the necessity of economic diversification. Yet, despite these modern capitalistic leanings, a majority of Review subscribers were unapologetic slaveholders and ardent supporters of the social and economic trappings provided by slavery and cotton. These Old South innovators, like their New South counterparts, shared a similar message of hope for the future. De Bow created a similar sense of forward economic momentum that appealed to profit-minded readers with capitalistic and entrepreneurial tendencies. For the first time in southern history, he successfully consolidated modern economic goals into a cohesive plan. His reverence for past traditions helped legitimize his feelings about the future transformation of the South. Progress and modernity were to be embraced, and De Bow campaigned for regional support for his plan. He had anticipated the future, and by 1860 the economic transformation of the South had begun. Although slavery and sectionalism overwhelmed the original intent of the Review, De Bow recovered his editorial balance after the Civil War and rededicated himself to regional economic improvement. He asked readers to forget about past mistakes and help reintegrate the South back into the national economy. His comprehensive postwar plan for recovery came from years of prewar experimentation. Although De Bow died before the next generation of boosters began their public campaign for a New South, he had made the first and most significant contribution to their vision. He foresaw the need for a well-rounded, diversified economy. De Bow’s anticipation of a modern economy helped create hope for a New South long before the demise of the Old South.

https://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1523&context=utk_graddiss

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USS ALASKA
 

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James Lutzweiler

Sergeant Major
Joined
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Ma'ams / Sirs - a paper to go with all the threads we have on the Transcontinental Railroad...and since J. D. B. De Bow is mentioned so much...

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/transcontinental-railroad-and-jefferson-davis.143941/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/trr-true-cause-of-the-war.151869/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/the-fire-eaters-and-railroads.154651/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/th...use-of-the-civil-war-for-independence.152648/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/18...al-railroad-eastern-southern-terminus.153207/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/why-the-south-did-not-get-a-railroad-to-the-pacific.159206/

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange
Doctoral Dissertations Graduate School
8-2008

The First New South: J. D. B. De Bow’s Promotion of a Modern Economy in the Old South
by John Franklin Kvach

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
This Dissertation is brought to you for free and open access by the Graduate School at Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. It has been accepted for inclusion in Doctoral Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Abstract
Between 1846 and 1867, J. D. B. De Bow, the editor of De Bow’s Review, promoted agricultural reform, urbanization, industrialization, and commercial development in the nineteenth-century South. His monthly journal appealed to thousands of antebellum southerners with similar interests in a modern market economy. De Bow’s vision and his readers’ support of economic diversification predated the rhetoric of postbellum boosters who promised a New South after the Civil War. He created an economic plan that resonated among urban, middle-class merchants and professionals; wealthy planters; and prominent industrialists. They supported De Bow because he understood the necessity of economic diversification. Yet, despite these modern capitalistic leanings, a majority of Review subscribers were unapologetic slaveholders and ardent supporters of the social and economic trappings provided by slavery and cotton. These Old South innovators, like their New South counterparts, shared a similar message of hope for the future. De Bow created a similar sense of forward economic momentum that appealed to profit-minded readers with capitalistic and entrepreneurial tendencies. For the first time in southern history, he successfully consolidated modern economic goals into a cohesive plan. His reverence for past traditions helped legitimize his feelings about the future transformation of the South. Progress and modernity were to be embraced, and De Bow campaigned for regional support for his plan. He had anticipated the future, and by 1860 the economic transformation of the South had begun. Although slavery and sectionalism overwhelmed the original intent of the Review, De Bow recovered his editorial balance after the Civil War and rededicated himself to regional economic improvement. He asked readers to forget about past mistakes and help reintegrate the South back into the national economy. His comprehensive postwar plan for recovery came from years of prewar experimentation. Although De Bow died before the next generation of boosters began their public campaign for a New South, he had made the first and most significant contribution to their vision. He foresaw the need for a well-rounded, diversified economy. De Bow’s anticipation of a modern economy helped create hope for a New South long before the demise of the Old South.

https://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1523&context=utk_graddiss

Cheers,
USS ALASKA

A wonderful contribution!!

James
 

James Lutzweiler

Sergeant Major
Joined
Mar 14, 2018
Ma'ams / Sirs - a paper to go with all the threads we have on the Transcontinental Railroad...and since J. D. B. De Bow is mentioned so much...

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/transcontinental-railroad-and-jefferson-davis.143941/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/trr-true-cause-of-the-war.151869/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/the-fire-eaters-and-railroads.154651/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/th...use-of-the-civil-war-for-independence.152648/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/18...al-railroad-eastern-southern-terminus.153207/

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/why-the-south-did-not-get-a-railroad-to-the-pacific.159206/

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange
Doctoral Dissertations Graduate School
8-2008

The First New South: J. D. B. De Bow’s Promotion of a Modern Economy in the Old South
by John Franklin Kvach

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
This Dissertation is brought to you for free and open access by the Graduate School at Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. It has been accepted for inclusion in Doctoral Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Abstract
Between 1846 and 1867, J. D. B. De Bow, the editor of De Bow’s Review, promoted agricultural reform, urbanization, industrialization, and commercial development in the nineteenth-century South. His monthly journal appealed to thousands of antebellum southerners with similar interests in a modern market economy. De Bow’s vision and his readers’ support of economic diversification predated the rhetoric of postbellum boosters who promised a New South after the Civil War. He created an economic plan that resonated among urban, middle-class merchants and professionals; wealthy planters; and prominent industrialists. They supported De Bow because he understood the necessity of economic diversification. Yet, despite these modern capitalistic leanings, a majority of Review subscribers were unapologetic slaveholders and ardent supporters of the social and economic trappings provided by slavery and cotton. These Old South innovators, like their New South counterparts, shared a similar message of hope for the future. De Bow created a similar sense of forward economic momentum that appealed to profit-minded readers with capitalistic and entrepreneurial tendencies. For the first time in southern history, he successfully consolidated modern economic goals into a cohesive plan. His reverence for past traditions helped legitimize his feelings about the future transformation of the South. Progress and modernity were to be embraced, and De Bow campaigned for regional support for his plan. He had anticipated the future, and by 1860 the economic transformation of the South had begun. Although slavery and sectionalism overwhelmed the original intent of the Review, De Bow recovered his editorial balance after the Civil War and rededicated himself to regional economic improvement. He asked readers to forget about past mistakes and help reintegrate the South back into the national economy. His comprehensive postwar plan for recovery came from years of prewar experimentation. Although De Bow died before the next generation of boosters began their public campaign for a New South, he had made the first and most significant contribution to their vision. He foresaw the need for a well-rounded, diversified economy. De Bow’s anticipation of a modern economy helped create hope for a New South long before the demise of the Old South.

https://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1523&context=utk_graddiss

Cheers,
USS ALASKA

Thanks much, Alaska. I have added this citation to my bibliography.

Also, in a closely related subject brought to us by your citation of Kevin Waite'S PhD dissertation, I just read this quote by Waite about Jefferson Davis on page 173 of his dissertation. If it does not echo the thesis of my book, I don't know what does:

"Davis concluded that, ' The country on the Pacific is in many respects adapted to slave labor, and many of the citizens desire its introduction.' If only the south could secure a favor a bowl rail road route, he continued, slavery could expand westward and ' future acquisitions to the south would ensure to our benefit.' The result, he concluded, would be greater congressional power for slaveholding interests."

At your service -- and very grateful for yours,

James
 
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