Class In South

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Class In South

  1. 1. Millhands, Hillbillies, and Rednecks: Class in the South
  2. 2. Social Classes in Old South – 1860 Census Out of total U.S. white population of 27 million about 8 million whites lived in the south. 383,637 people owned slaves 46,274 owned more than 20 slaves 8,000 owned more than 50 slaves 2,292 owned more than 100 slaves 11 owned more than 500 In 1860, wealthiest 20% of southerners owned 75% of the land ¾ of southern white households owned no slaves at all Southern African-American population in 1860 – about 4 million 262,000 free blacks lived in the slave states 488,000 free blacks in the nation as a whole ½ of slaves lived on plantations with 20 or more slaves ¼ of slaves lived on plantations with 50 or more slaves
  3. 3. Portrait of the South in 1880 Whites Occupied 70% of the land Blacks Occupied 30% of the land Whites Farmers Land owners 74% Tenants 26% Black Farmers Owners 32% Tenants 68%
  4. 4. Rise of Tenant Farming 1880 – 36.2% of all southern farms were operated by tenants 1920 - 49.2% of all southern farms were operated by tenants 1930 - 55.5% of all southern farms were operated by tenants
  5. 5. Li'l Abner was a satirical American comic strip appearing in many newspapers in the United States and Canada, featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in the impoverished town of Dogpatch, Kentucky. Written and drawn by Al Capp (1909-1979), the strip ran for 43 years, from August 13, 1934 through November 13, 1977
  6. 6. The Real McCoys is a television situation comedy from Danny Thomas Productions. The program aired on the ABC network from 1957 through 1962.
  7. 7. The original Andy Griffith Show ran from 1960 to 1967.
  8. 8. The Beverly Hillbillies ran from 1962 to 1971 on CBS.
  9. 9. Norma Rae (1979): Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer.
  10. 10. Loretta Lynn
  11. 11. Ernest T. Bass, the Mad Hillbilly
  12. 12. Easy Rider (1969)

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