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Escott, Paul D. 1947-

Overview
Works: 47 works in 195 publications in 2 languages and 13,713 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: E487, 301.44930973
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Most widely held works by Paul D Escott
Slavery remembered : a record of twentieth-century slave narratives by Paul D Escott( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Slavery Remembered is the first major attempt to analyze the slave narratives gathered as part of the Federal Writers Project. Paul Escotts sensitive examination of each of the nearly 2,400 narratives and his quantitative analysis of the narratives as a whole eloquently present the differing beliefs and experiences of masters and slaves. The book describes slave attitudes and actions; slave-master relationships; the conditions of slave life, including diet, physical treatment, working conditions, housing, forms of resistance, and black overseers; slave cultural institutions; status distinctions among slaves; experiences during the Civil War and Reconstruction; and the subsequent life histories of the former slaves. An important contribution to the study of American slavery, Slavery Remembered is an ideal classroom text for American history surveys as well as more specialized courses. - Publisher
"What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War America by Paul D Escott( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consulting a broad range of contemporary newspapers, magazines, books, army records, government documents, publications of citizens' organizations, letters, diaries, and other sources, Paul D. Escott examines the attitudes and actions of Northerners and Southerners regarding the future of African Americans after the end of slavery. --from publisher description
After secession : Jefferson Davis and the failure of Confederate nationalism by Paul D Escott( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The South for new southerners( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many excellent people : power and privilege in North Carolina, 1850-1900 by Paul D Escott( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many Excellent People examines the nature of North Carolina's social system, particularly race and class relations, power and inequality, during the last half of the 19th century. Paul Escott portrays North Carolina's major social groups, focusing on the elite, the ordinary white farmers or workers, and the blacks, and analyzes their attitudes, social structure and power relationships. Quoting frequently from a remarkable array of letters, journals, diaries and other primary sources, he shows vividly the impact of the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Populism and the rise of the New South industrialism on southern society. Working within the new social history and using detailed analyses of five representative counties, wartime violence, Ku Klux Klan membership, stock-law legislation and textile mill records, Escott reaches telling conclusions on the interplay of race, class and politics. Despite fundamental political and economic reforms, Escott argues, North Carolina's social system remained as hierarchical and undemocratic in 1900 as it had been in 1850
W.J. Cash and the minds of the South( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When W.J. Cash hanged himself in a Mexico City hotel room in 1941, he could not have imagined the huge and lasting impact that his recently published book, The Mind of the South, would have on the study of his native region. In time the book became nothing less than a classic. In the half-century since its appearance, it has never been out of print. In February, 1991, Wake Forest University sponsored a major conference to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication. The conference assessed, from the perspectives of a variety of scholarly disciplines, the evolving perceptions of Cash and his book and compared Cash's South with today's. Edited by Paul D. Escott, W.J. Cash and the Minds of the South is the collection that grew out of that gathering. Written by some of the most noted authorities in the field, these essays add up to an informed, thoughtful, and provocative assessment of the current state of southern studies. The first section examines important aspects of Cash's life and the South he lived in. Bruce Clayton analyzes Cash's personal circumstances to help explain why he felt compelled to criticize so harshly the region he dearly loved. Raymond Gavins looks at the racial context of Cash's world, especially the situation of North Carolina blacks in the Age of Jim Crow. Using information from medical studies on depression and creativity, Bertram Wyatt-Brown explores the relationship between Cash's mental instability and his success as a writer. The second section focuses on The Mind of the South itself. Richard King investigates Cash's attitude toward political modernity and compares southern intolerance with the dark forces of Nazism and fascism, and Nell Irvin Painter assesses Cash's views on race and gender and finds much to criticize in them. Elizabeth Jacoway looks closely at Cash's interpretation of the white South's cult of southern womanhood, and David Hackett Fischer compares Cash's work with that of Cash's contemporary James McBride Dabbs, author of Who Speaks for the South? In the third section, scholars from four different disciplines - political science, economics, history, and religion - look at The Mind of the South in the light of the scholarship produced in the fifty years since Cash's death. Merle Black compares today's southern political system with the one that provided the context for Cash's writing. Gavin Wright relates Cash's ideas about the southern economy to recent scholarship on the economic history of the region. Jack Temple Kirby traces Cash's large influence on the unprecedentedly rich vein of historical works on the South written since 1941, and C. Eric Lincoln draws on his own personal history to evoke the black "countermind" of the South whose existence Cash overlooked as he strove to fathom what was alter all only the white "mind of the South." Escott concludes the volume with an Afterword focusing on ideas and issues brought up in panel discussions by some of the other participants in the conference, including C. Vann Woodward, George Brown Tindall, Dan T. Carter, Howell Raines, Hodding Carter, Edwin Yoder, Claude Sitton, Ed Williams, Frye Galliard, Marilyn Milloy, and former governor Gerald Baliles of Virginia. W.J. Cash and the Minds of the South demonstrates that the quest to understand Cash and his unique region continues relentlessly
Race, class, and politics in southern history : essays in honor of Robert F. Durden( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln's dilemma : Blair, Sumner, and the Republican struggle over racism and equality in the Civil War era by Paul D Escott( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Major problems in the history of the American South : documents and essays by Sally G McMillen( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and French and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[The] collection of essays and documents in these volumes provides a comprehensive view of the culture of the American South as well as its political, social, and economic history. The compelling documents are grouped with important secondary sources, accompanied by chapter introductions, selection headnotes, and suggested readings."--Provided by publisher
The Confederacy : the slaveholders' failed venture by Paul D Escott( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It was by any measure a failure. What began at Fort Sumter as a spirited defense of a homeland and a way of life ended in disaster. The connection between battlefield and home front sapped Confederate strength. More fundamentally, the privileged and overconfident elite went to war on false assumptions: that slavery would be a source of strength, that nonslaveholders would continue to sacrifice for slavery, and that women would accept the changes brought by war without serious complaint. The bid to preserve the proslavery South revealed a society whose nature was at odds with the demands of war." "Paul Escott's The Confederacy: The Slaveholders' Failed Venture offers a unique and multifaceted perspective on the United States' most pivotal and devastating conflict, examining the course of the Civil War and analyzing the perspective of the Southern elite class, which was desperate to preserve the "peculiar institution" of its slave-based economy, yet dependent on ordinary Southerners, slaves, and women to sustain the fight for them." "Against the backdrop of the war's military drama and strategic dilemmas, The Confederacy brings into sharp focus the racial, class, gender, and political conflicts that helped destabilize the Confederacy from within. Along the way, Escott shows how time and time again, the South's political and economic elite made errors that further weakened a South already facing a Union army with greater numbers and firepower."--Jacket
Military necessity : civil-military relations in the Confederacy by Paul D Escott( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Carolinians in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction by Paul D Escott( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In nine essays, contributors address themes, such as ambivalent whites, freed blacks, the political establishment, racial hopes and fears, postwar ideology, and North Carolina women. These issues of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras were so powerful that they continue to agitate North Carolinians today
A history of African Americans in North Carolina by Jeffrey J Crow( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Carolina yeoman : the diary of Basil Armstrong Thomasson, 1853-1862 by Basil Armstrong Thomasson( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Carolina Yeoman offers a rare personal look into the world of a nonslaveholding, small farmer in the Old South. Thomasson's diary covers the last nine years of a life spent almost entirely within a three-county area in western North Carolina. Writing as a farmer, husband and father, teacher, entrepreneur, and aspiring church leader, he shows himself to be conventional in his simple way of life, humble economic circumstances, and steadfast independence. At the same time, however, he was an avid reader and debater who showed an openness to such concepts as evolution. Driven by conscience more than community sentiments, Thomasson thought slavery and secession to be the heights of folly, considered moving to the Midwest to avoid the imminent war, and did not serve in the Confederate army. Although he taught school to supplement his income, he put far more time and energy into his work than his meager salary indicated. Perhaps most remarkable were Thomasson's egalitarian attitudes toward women. Writing in early 1854, he said, "there are more slaves in the U.S. than most of us are aware of. Freedom is a great thing, but woman cant be alowed to enjoy it; they are slaves to men & fashion." A companion, rather than patriarch, in marriage, he taught his wife to read and write and had an active role in childrearing and household chores
Paying freedom's price : a history of African Americans in the Civil War by Paul D Escott( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paying Freedom's Price provides a comprehensive yet brief and readable history of the role of African Americans-both slave and free-from the decade leading up to the Civil War until its immediate aftermath
Uncommonly savage : civil war and remembrance in Spain and the United States by Paul D Escott( Book )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Escott explores the contentious issue of American Civil War remembrance by comparing it to another national civil war--the Spanish Civil War. He explores the large-scale social and emotional wounds these conflicts left, the new power structures, the "spoils' of war, the future the winning sides created for each country, and various ways later generations revisited the moral and political aspects of the conflict
Major problems in the history of the American South : documents and essays( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of African Americans in North Carolina by Jeffrey J Crow( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of African Americans in North Carolina by Jeffrey J Crow( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jefferson Davis and the failure of Confederate nationalism by Paul D Escott( Book )

7 editions published between 1974 and 1987 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Slavery remembered : a record of twentieth-century slave narratives
Alternative Names
Escott, Paul David 1947-

Languages
English (153)

French (5)

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"What shall we do with the Negro?" : Lincoln, white racism, and Civil War AmericaAfter secession : Jefferson Davis and the failure of Confederate nationalismThe South for new southernersMany excellent people : power and privilege in North Carolina, 1850-1900Major problems in the history of the American South : documents and essaysThe Confederacy : the slaveholders' failed ventureMilitary necessity : civil-military relations in the ConfederacyNorth Carolinians in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction