The Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Society, and Culture
(formerly The Southern Industrialization Project)
invites the submission of proposals for its workshop, to be held at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Mobile (AL), November 1- 4 2012,
on the following topic:
Entrepreneurial and Business Networks between South and North, 1830-1890
Received wisdom long insisted that the non-agricultural economy of the U.S. South had a merely regional dimension, separate and distinct from the bustling network of exchanges that increasingly tied together the rest of the country.
The South would have been, at the very least, an attractive ground for colonization by northern entrepreneurs and businessmen, in an essentially unidirectional fashion.
Biographies and papers of Southern-born businessmen and entrepreneurs, especially manufacturers, reveal instead that they often entertained thick exchanges and important connections with their northern counterparts. They document their interest in northern technology, their seeking specialized training in northern locations, and the building on their part of strong personal relations among the business and entrepreneurial communities of the North.
During the 1850s, these practices were further reinforced by the efforts made by southern manufacturers to expand the markets for their products beyond and above the Mason-Dixon line and, after the hiatus of the Civil War, were resumed with even greater impetus, until the affirmation of gigantic industrial empires and corporations rewrote the rules of the southern industrial and business history.
One-page paper proposals documenting aspects of the issue, and a short cv should be sent to the three members of the Program Committee, Steven Reich, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org), Susanna Delfino (email@example.com), Sean P. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than April 25, 2012.
James Madison University
Department of History
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540)568-6063 Email: email@example.com
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