Daily Life in a Southern Plantation 1853

Daily Life in a Southern Plantation 1853

by Paul Erickson
     
 
In this handsome book, you will meet the Hendersons, who live on a Southern plantation with their children in 1853. You�ll also meet Daddy Major, Rosena, Scipio, and Cicero, slaves who work in the Big House and in the cotton fields. Full-color photographs of interiors, clothing, and objects, plus artwork and oral history, document a typical day on a plantation. You

Overview

In this handsome book, you will meet the Hendersons, who live on a Southern plantation with their children in 1853. You�ll also meet Daddy Major, Rosena, Scipio, and Cicero, slaves who work in the Big House and in the cotton fields. Full-color photographs of interiors, clothing, and objects, plus artwork and oral history, document a typical day on a plantation. You will see the stately bedrooms and dining room of the plantation house, as well as the simple slave quarters and cabins. Inside the Big House, morning chores are done and the children readied for school (or play); in the kitchen house, food is cooked and bread is baked; and in the sugar house, cane is crushed. Readers will learn about mealtimes, leisure hours, doctors and disease, and bedtimes. They�ll also learn about attitudes toward slavery, slave meetings in the woods, and much more in this unique visit to a restored Southern plantation in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Erickson's book is a blend of fact and fiction. The author, an archeology student devoted to research, creates two families, one white and the other black, to show how the system of slavery worked. The telling of their juxtaposed lives make for strong contrasts and lots of learning. Every page boasts spectacular photographs taken at Shadows-on-the-Teche, a restored Louisiana plantation home from the 1830's.
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Originally published in Great Britain, this import describes life on an imaginary Louisiana plantation. The Henderson family of five along with an overseer and a slave family of four are chronicled and contrasted as they go about their daily chores. Each double page spread is devoted to a topic such as the physical layout of the plantation, morning work, the kitchen, a trip to New Orleans, doctors and death, a slave meeting, or the children's day. While the plantation pictured is an actual one, Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana, no author notes to that effect are included, except for a note on the back jacket flap. Also, the author has not made clear who is fictionalized and who is real, or which characters are based on actual historical persons. Without these notes, young readers may not be able to separate fiction from imagined recreation in this decidedly nonfiction offering. More an album of snapshots than a story, the book is less successful at involving the reader than is Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (Scholastic, l995). Captioned photographs, drawn from archives and present-day recreations of plantation life or artifacts, give a varied visual presentation of, for instance, kitchen utensils, clothes, children's games, and the way shutters function. Report writers will note the glossary and the index but information is imbedded in the activities of these fictional people so that it will take reader patience and inference to glean out the tasty bits. A glossary, plantation timeline set within US history, and index are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140566680
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Dictionary, Penguin Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.99(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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