Deadline Extended to Jan. 15!: 2016 OSSECS Conference: “Southern Capitalism, Myth or Magic?”

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2016 OSSECS Conference: “Southern Capitalism, Myth or Magic?”

Date: June 10–11, 2016

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2015 January 15, 2016

Location: University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville AL

The Organization for the Study of Southern Economy, Culture and Society (formerly Southern Industrialization Project) invites scholars in all stages of their careers to join us at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville AL, for a conference entitled, “Southern Capitalism, Myth or Magic?” Historians and many others have long debated whether capitalism existed in the colonial and antebellum South and to what extent and when capitalism developed in the postbellum and New Souths that followed. Certainly, southerners have traditionally sought “profit” but did that mark them as capitalists? What is “capitalism” in the southern context? Were antebellum planters and their related business counterparts capitalist? What about small businessmen and yeomen farmers? After the Civil War, to what extent were textile and other industrial entrepreneurs capitalist? What impact did twentieth century events such as the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement have on the South’s economy and its alleged evolution towards modern, industrial capitalism? How important is the comparison to northern capitalists? Our two-day conference will explore the current state of scholarship on the capitalism question, including, of course, whether further debate is worth the effort.

Please send a short description of your paper (approx. 350 words) and a c.v. to Katherine Jewell at Panel proposals are also welcome.