Stumbled across this recorded lecture while doing some research, and was quite taken with it. It’s easy to think of the seceded states as being unified entities, and to forget that there were many cultural, social, geographic, economic and political differences going on beneath the field of red on a map. This is well worth an hour of your time.
While many think of antebellum Alabama as a state of magnolias and cotton plantations, that picture tells only part of the story. This program will show how three groups – white yeomen farmers, planter elites, and enslaved African Americans – together created the “cotton state” in Alabama.