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Builders of a New South: Merchants, Capital, and the Remaking of Natchez, 1865-1914

Aaron D. Anderson


This book describes how, between 1865 and 1914, ten Natchez mercantile families emerged as leading purveyors in the wholesale plantation supply and cotton handling business, and soon became a dominant force in the social and economic Reconstruction of the Natchez District. They were able to take advantage of postwar conditions in Natchez to gain mercantile prominence by supplying planters and black sharecroppers in the plantation supply and cotton buying business. They parlayed this initial success into cotton plantation ownership and became important local businessmen in Natchez, participatin ... More

Keywords: Natchez, mercantile families, plantation supply, cotton handling, economic Reconstruction, postwar conditions, black sharecroppers, cotton plantation ownership, civic improvements, entrepreneurs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036675
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036675.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron D. Anderson, author