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dc.contributor.advisorWhites, LeeAnneng
dc.contributor.authorGeiger, Mark W.eng
dc.coverage.spatialMissourieng
dc.coverage.temporal1861-1865eng
dc.date.issued2006eng
dc.date.submitted2006 Springeng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on July 18, 2008)eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2006.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- History.eng
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores a previously unknown Civil War financial conspiracy that backfired and caused a great deal of collateral damage among Missouri's pro-southern population. In 1861, a small group of pro-secession politicians, bankers, and wealthy men conspired to divert money illegally from Missouri's banks to arm and equip rebel military units then forming throughout the state. The scheme's collapse eventually caused a revolution in land ownership and permanently altered the state's political economy. In 1861 and 1862, Missouri's banks paid the equivalent of hundreds of millions of today's dollars in unsecured loans to the state's southern sympathizers, in return for sham collateral. After Confederate defeat, litigation arising from these loans resulted in sheriffs' sales of over a half million acres of farmland. These land sales effectively ended the plantation system in Missouri and the leading role of Missouri's planters. The widespread distress caused by the land sales also intensified the state's notorious guerrilla insurgency, the worst such conflict ever fought on American soil. The financial history of the Civil War in the West has been hitherto largely unresearched, and this dissertation explains certain social and economic outcomes that otherwise seem anomalous. The dissertation also considers at length the development of antebellum state banking, its role in the slave economy, and the banking industry's wartime transformation.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb64077068eng
dc.identifier.oclc234236771eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/4423
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/4423eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshMissouri -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Economic aspectseng
dc.subject.lcshPlantationseng
dc.subject.lcshLand tenure -- Historyeng
dc.titleMissouri's hidden Civil War: financial conspiracy and the decline of the planter elite, 1861-1865eng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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