|Posted By:||Richard Dugan|
|Subject:||Re: Questions and Answers about Unionism in the South|
|Post Date:||April 07, 2003 at 13:26:19|
|Forum:||Southern Unionist Forum|
Margaret, Don, et.al.,
A good idea to do this! A good topic. I just want to make a point based on my reading of the SSC files relating to Marion Co. claims. It appeared to me that a very large proportion of the applications came from fairly well off folks who stayed there throughout the war and lost horses, cattle, corn etc. I don't remember many from refugees, in other words, folks who lost everything but the shirts on their backs. While it's understandable that many refugees didn't file claims because of their destitute conditions, it seems to make it even harder to draw general conclusions from the SSC data sample. My impression, when reading the files, was that the folks filing the claims were economically a little better off than my ancestors. As is so often the case in history, we may be missing the views of the very poor. I'd like to hear your opinions on this.