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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807848034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807848036
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"A significant and welcome contribution that will stimulate years of important discussion on the nature of Reconstruction." -- American Historical Review

"An outstanding work in social history. . . . Nelson writes in a simple and lively style." -- Southern Historian

"The story is captivatingly written, briskly paced, and contains a wealth of detail." -- Journal of Southern History

"[A] fine study, which offers new and fresh interpretations and does so by integrating a range of disciplines." -- Civil War Book Review

"[This] new book tracing the contributions of slave labor to one sector of the economy helps . . . concretize the reparations question." -- Atlantic Unbound

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Iron Confederacies weaves disparate strands together into a seamless whole. A concise summary cannot do justice to this pithy and polished book, which displays exceptional wit. Suffice it to note that it is a sparkling example of scholarship that moves effortlessly across the boundaries of business, social, and political history.--Journal of American History|The story is captivatingly written, briskly paced, and contains a wealth of detail.--Journal of Southern History|[A] fine study, which offers new and fresh interpretations and does so by integrating a range of disciplines.--Civil War Book Review|This impressive book combines penetrating knowledge of the financial and managerial aspects of railroad building with a compelling grassroots depiction of social change and conflict. It advances our understanding of the economic, racial, and social aspects of Reconstruction in a significant way. As an added bonus, the writing is clear and lively.--Paul D. Escott, Wake Forest University|Nelson's truly innovative insights, solid research, and narrative skill make his book a significant and welcome contribution that will stimulate years of important discussion on the nature of Reconstruction.--American Historical Review|An outstanding work in social history. . . . Nelson writes in a simple and lively style.--Southern Historian|[This] new book tracing the contributions of slave labor to one sector of the economy helps to concretize the reparations question.--Jack Beatty, Atlantic Unbound|Iron Confederacies leaps immediately to the top of the pile of books written about nineteenth-century southern railroads. Scott Nelson has imaginatively run his train of thought over the trunk lines of other scholars, and laid new tracks of his own as well. The result is a volume that does not merely challenge long-held notions about railroads, development, and southern politics, but also offers a new perspective on North-South relations during the era of Redemption.--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Hoogerwerf on March 15, 2007
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As the title suggests, Scott Reynolds monograph focuses on Southern railroad development from a political, social and economic perspective. Before the war states rights advocates prevented connecting tracks between the states for fear of losing control of established economic patterns. Rail development was also limited by the shortage of investment capital. To raise money states guaranteed stock by a system called "hypethecation" which made the stock marketable abroad. During the war connecting links were forged out of necessity, but wartime use and shortages left the system in a deplorable state. The author well describes this in the harrowing tale of CSA President Davis and his family evacuating Richmond in 1865. The struggle for control after the Civil War pits the conservative elements, i.e. the Klan, against the new economic opportunity of freedmen. The railroad feeds the violence between the two, sparked in Alamance, NC and Spartenburg, SC.

In Reconstruction control is usurped from A. B. Andrews' innovative southern business, the Seaboard Inland Air Line, by a northerner, Tom Scott. He invents the concept of the holding company which served the purpose of shielding those really in power with the result that investors now could confidently put money in securities and not fictional "hypethecated" investments. Money dried up for Southern investors leaving Northerners in control. But peace demanded accommodation. Cotton and tobacco filled rail cars perpetuating staple agricultural and Southern conservatives achieved redemption. On the other hand African Americans suffered a new humiliation in laboring under a convict labor system.

Nelson's scope is limited to the important route between Richmond and Atlanta.
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