Caswell County--the first century, 1777-1877

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Ruby Pearl Sartin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to trace the historical development of Caswell County during its first century, from its establishment in 1777 to 1877. The act creating the county, important aspects of early Indian life, first settlements, and the growth of town and village life have been considered. The unique aspect of the development of Caswell County centered around the growth of a tobacco culture. As a result of the improved methods of curing tobacco, it became one of the wealthiest and most prominent of North Carolina's counties. The life style that developed typified the antebellum South. As the study progressed, it suggested the hypothesis that tobacco, which paradoxically brought this prominence to Caswell at the end of the first century, was also the chief cause for its later decline. The prevailing viewpoints of the citizens of Caswell could be roughly assessed by the types of representatives chosen by the people, and because the writings and speeches of Bartlett Yancey, Bedford Brown, Calvin Graves, and Romulus Saunders reflected the spirit of Caswell, they were examined in the course of this study. These men personified the growth of the county during the Antebellum Era and provide an insight into the region's mentality.

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Language: English
Date: 1972
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