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From Frontier to Plantation In Tennessee, From Frontier to Plantation In Tennessee, 081731282X, 0-8173-1282-X, 978-0-8173-1282-4, 9780817312824,

From Frontier to Plantation In Tennessee
A Study in Frontier Democracy
Thomas Perkins Abernethy

Quality Paper
2003. 416 pp.
Price:  $44.95 s

A reprint of Abernethy's excellent historical study of the state of Tennesse from its founding through the antebellum years. In documenting the development of an agrarian society on the frontier, Abernethy develops important and controversial theses on the relation between frontier life and the development of American democracy, calling into question the mythology and motives previously associated with leaders such as William Blount, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson.

Following his graduate studies with Frederick Jackson Turner at Harvard University, Thomas Perkins Abernethy carried out a distinguished career as a Southern historian and professor, teaching at at Vanderbilt University, the University of Chattanooga, and the University of Alabama before joining the faculty in the Department of History at the University of Virginia in 1930. He later served as chair of the department and was a cofounder and third president of the Southern Historical Association. Abernethy died in 1975. 

"A careful analysis of men and issues on the frontier. ... Abernathy is no hero worshipper. He presents the great as men who were very much interested in making money from land speculation and whose definition of government was by no means a democracy. A careful, thoughtful study, written about Tennessee [but that] applies to other southern states as well. Belongs on the bookshelves of students of the Old South." – B. C. Yates, North Georgia Tribune


"A meaty book ... scholarly, critical, discriminating and spirited." – Henry Steele Commager, Books

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