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Kvach, John F.

Works: 5 works in 16 publications in 1 language and 500 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Periodicals 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by John F Kvach
De Bow's review : the antebellum vision of a new South by John F Kvach( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the decades preceding the Civil War, the South struggled against widespread negative characterizations of its economy and society as it worked to match the North's infrastructure and level of development. Recognizing the need for regional reform, James Dunwoody Brownson (J.D.B.) De Bow began to publish a monthly journal -- De Bow's Review -- to guide Southerners toward a stronger, more diversified future. His periodical soon became a primary reference for planters and entrepreneurs in the Old South, promoting urban development and industrialization and advocating investment in schools
Huntsville by John F Kvach( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huntsville has served as the unofficial capital of north Alabama since the early 19th century. Settled by John Hunt and developed by ambitious cotton planters, enterprising merchants and professionals, and thousands of families looking for new opportunities in the rich farmland, Huntsville has continued to grow and prosper as 21st-century corporations and government agencies develop new technologies that make the city the center of space and defense-related industries in the South. The city has endured military occupation, storms, financial panics, and the constant threat of economic and social stagnation that occurred in so many communities across the South. Yet Huntsville continued to redefine itself and remain relevant in regional, national, and international affairs. This positive spirit makes Huntsville a special place for residents and visitors alike. Images of America: Huntsville hopes to capture the uniqueness of the city while simultaneously acknowledging some mistakes that have been made in the past
Alabama Review : a Quarterly Journal of Alabama History( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wheat, wealth and western Maryland the growth and evolution of flour milling in Frederick County, Maryland 1748-1789 by John F Kvach( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first New South : J.D.B. De Bow's promotion of a modern economy in the Old South by John F Kvach( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Between 1846 and 1867, J.D.B. De Bow, the editor of De Bow's Review, promoted agricultural reform, urbanization, industrialization, and commercial development in the nineteenth-century South. His monthly journal appealed to thousands of antebellum southerners with similar interests in a modern market economy. De Bow's vision and his readers' support of economic diversification predated the rhetoric of postbellum boosters who promised a New South after the Civil War. He created an economic plan that resonated among urban, middle-class merchants and professionals; wealthy planters; and prominent industrialists. They supported De Bow because he understood the necessity of economic diversification. Yet, despite these modern capitalistic leanings, a majority of Review subscribers were unapologetic slaveholders and ardent supporters of the social and economic trappings provided by slavery and cotton. These Old South innovators, like their New South counterparts, shared a similar message of hope for the future. De Bow created a similar sense of forward economic momentum that appealed to profit-minded readers with capitalistic and entrepreneurial tendencies. For the first time in southern history, he successfully consolidated modern economic goals into a cohesive plan. His reverence for past traditions helped legitimize his feelings about the future transformation of the South. Progress and modernity were to be embraced, and De Bow campaigned for regional support for his plan. He had anticipated the future, and by 1860 the economic transformation of the South had begun. Although slavery and sectionalism overwhelmed the original intent of the Review, De Bow recovered his editorial balance after the Civil War and rededicated himself to regional economic improvement. He asked readers to forget about past mistakes and help reintegrate the South back into the national economy. His comprehensive postwar plan for recovery came from years of prewar experimentation. Although De Bow died before the next generation of boosters began their public campaign for a New South, he had made the first and most significant contribution to their vision. He foresaw the need for a well-rounded, diversified economy. De Bow's anticipation of a modern economy helped create hope for a New South long before the demise of the Old South
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