Plantation Aristocracy v Hill People

Plantation Aristocracy v Hill People

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  • This is George Cavell and his plantation home. He makes a large profit from cultivating cotton in his 800 acres of land. He owns 78 slaves.
  • I am rich and influential in the Southern society! 
  • This is George's wife, Anna. She is expected to be submissive and obedient to George. She takes care of their children and her home and is in charge of the domestic slaves.
  • I wonder if Anna knows about my secret relationship with one of the slaves that works in the home... 
  • George, like most other Southern men, believe it is important to defend his honor. He has a history of dueling men who challenge him, and a history of winning those duels. Avenge is a large part of who George is because he does not want his dignity to be threatened.
  • How dare you insult the management of my plantation!
  • Your overseer is not harsh enough on your slaves and that's why you don't make as much of a profit as me!
  • This is Leor. He lives in the hills of the Appalachian mountains. He is part of the "hill people", which are the complete opposite of the planter aristocracy of the Deep South. Leor and his family take pride in their seclusion.
  • We love being modest yeomen farmers, not owning slaves and practicing subsistence agriculture! 
  • The hill people were not in great economic shape. They had to barter for crops that they could not grow themselves. They did not contribute to the Southern economy like the plantations did because they only provided for themselves.
  • The hill people refused to fight with the Confederacy during the Civil War so they joined Northerners. They did not like the planter aristocracy and their region was the only region of the South that resisted secession. 
  • We choose to oppose the planter elite and go against the mainstream! 
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