De Bow's Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South (New by John F. Kvach

By John F. Kvach

In the many years previous the Civil battle, the South struggled opposed to common destructive characterizations of its financial system and society because it labored to check the North's infrastructure and point of improvement. spotting the necessity for neighborhood reform, James Dunwoody Brownson (J. D. B.) De Bow started to put up a per thirty days magazine -- De Bow's Review -- to lead Southerners towards a much better, extra assorted destiny. His periodical quickly grew to become a chief reference for planters and marketers within the outdated South, selling city improvement and industrialization and advocating funding in colleges, libraries, and different cultural assets. Later, although, De Bow started to use his magazine to control his readers' political opinions. via inflammatory articles, he defended proslavery ideology, inspired Southern nationalism, and promoted anti-Union sentiment, ultimately changing into one of many South's such a lot infamous fire-eaters.

In De Bow's overview: The Antebellum imaginative and prescient of a brand new South, writer John Kvach explores how the editor's antebellum fiscal and social regulations inspired Southern readers and created the framework for a postwar New South circulation. by way of recreating subscription lists and studying the lives and livelihoods of 1,500 Review readers, Kvach demonstrates how De Bow's Review motivated a new release and a 1/2 Southerners. This process permits glossy readers to appreciate the historic context of De Bow's editorial legacy. eventually, De Bow and his antebellum subscribers altered the way forward for their zone through growing the imaginative and prescient of a brand new South lengthy ahead of the Civil War.

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