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An Anxious Pursuit

Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730–1815

Joyce Chaplin

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4613-1

Copyright 1993 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Willie Lee Rose Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians (1995)

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“Joyce Chaplin’s bold and original study of culture and agriculture in the Lower South adds immeasurably to the literature on this still-neglected region. The author’s range is truly impressive: she is as comfortable with cotton gins as she is with moral philosophy. . . . A first-rate piece of scholarship.”

--Peter A. Coclanis

“In this far-reaching study, Joyce Chaplin combines agricultural and cultural history in a sophisticated examination of the eighteenth-century Lower South. She skillfully plays out the ironies of this peculiar society, which used modern means to advance and protect an archaic social organization.”

--Richard and Claudia Bushman

“An impressive first book. . . . A subtle, complex analysis of a transition in the Lower South . . . that should command wide attention from American historians.”

--Thad W. Tate