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Lincolnites and RebelsA Divided Town in the American Civil War$
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Robert Tracy McKenzie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182941

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.001.0001

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The “Metropolis” of East Tennessee

The “Metropolis” of East Tennessee

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(p.11) CHAPTER ONE The “Metropolis” of East Tennessee
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Lincolnites and Rebels
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Robert Tracy McKenzie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182941.003.0002

This chapter begins with a brief sketch of the early career of William G. Brownlow and of his decision to locate in Knoxville in 1849. It then presents a snapshot of the town at mid-century, creating a sense both of the physical space and of the people who lived there. The chapter examines socioeconomic patterns of wealth, occupation, race, and ethnicity; assesses the vital importance of railroads to the town's development; and introduces several of the key figures who will play important roles in the drama soon to unfold. In the backdrop are two attendant themes: the emergence of Knoxville as the commercial hub of East Tennessee, and East Tennessee's decided sense of inferiority relative to the wealthier areas of Middle and West Tennessee.

Keywords:   William G. Brownlow, East Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, railroads, socioeconomic patterns

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