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A look at the character and psychology of antebellum white laborer Edward Isham and the circumstances that surrounded the brutal murder of yeoman farmer James Cornelius by Isham, as well as Isham's resulting trial. Interpretation of the events is used to extrapolate general ideas about poor and powerless white southerners in the antebellum period.
Prior to the Civil War, North Carolinians united in their disgust towards the poor and poor relief. They often associated poverty with illness and petty crime and the local and state governments did little to help combat it. During the Civil War, thousands of small North Carolina fell into poverty which forced the state and its citizens to reexamine its view of the subject. Local county governments took unheard of actions to solve the problem but ultimately failed. By the end of the Civil War, North Carolinians suffered from hunger and poverty on a scale unheard of to that point in North Carolina history.