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Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside.

Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside. Jeff Forret. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8071-3712-3, 269 pp., paper, $24.95.

Originally released in 2006, Forret's study of race relations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia tackles the traditional racist stereotypes pertaining to poor whites that have dominated slavery scholarship for decades. Through a fresh exploration of primary sources framed around social history, the author examines the four decades prior to the Civil War and finds a diminished level of animosity and violence between slaves and poor whites. The two entities socialized and worked together in a society that traditionally left poor whites and slaves on the margins. Through five chapters, the author examines work and leisure perceptions, the economy, the role of poor whites in fostering and supporting slave resistance, the culture of violence, and sexual violence.

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Date:Dec 1, 2011
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