Jane Censer and Harold Woodman discuss their books about economic history and culture in the American South during and after the Civil War. Censer is the author of The Old Elite Faces the New Order: Virginia and North Carolina Planters, 1860-1885. Woodman is the author of The Transformation of the Southern Economy, 1861-1920.
In the second segment [14:30], Barbara Bellows discusses her research on poverty among slaves and whites in relation to the wealthy in the urban South before the American Civil War.
At the time of these interviews, Censer, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1983-84), was professor of history at American University. Woodman, also a Fellow at the Center (1983-84), was professor of history at Purdue University.
Bellows, a Fellow at the Center (1985-86), was professor of history at Middlebury College.
This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.