Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic

Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic

by Erskine Clarke
     
 

ISBN-10: 030012256X

ISBN-13: 9780300122565

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press


Published some thirty years ago, Robert Manson Myers’s Children of Pride: The True Story of Georgia and the Civil War won the National Book Award in history and went on to become a classic reference on America’s slaveholding South. That book presented the letters of the prominent Presbyterian minister and plantation patriarch Charles Colcock

Overview


Published some thirty years ago, Robert Manson Myers’s Children of Pride: The True Story of Georgia and the Civil War won the National Book Award in history and went on to become a classic reference on America’s slaveholding South. That book presented the letters of the prominent Presbyterian minister and plantation patriarch Charles Colcock Jones (1804–1863), whose family owned more than one hundred slaves. While extensive, these letters can provide only one part of the story of the Jones family plantations in coastal Georgia. In this remarkable new book, the religious historian Erskine Clarke completes the story, offering a narrative history of four generations of the plantations’ inhabitants, white and black.
Encompassing the years 1805 to 1869, Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic describes the simultaneous but vastly different experiences of slave and slave owner. This “upstairsdownstairs” history reveals in detail how the benevolent impulses of Jones and his family became ideological supports for deep oppression, and how the slave Lizzy Jones and members of her family struggled against that oppression. Through letters, plantation and church records, court documents, slave narratives, archaeological findings, and the memory of the African-American community, Clarke brings to light the long-suppressed history of the slaves of the Jones plantations—a history inseparably bound to that of their white owners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300122565
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
ONE Liberty Hall....................1
TWO Riceboro....................10
THREE Sunbury....................19
FOUR The Retreat....................33
FIVE Carlawter....................44
SIX Savannah....................55
SEVEN Scattered Places....................67
EIGHT Princeton....................82
NINE Solitude....................97
TEN Montevideo and Maybank....................111
ELEVEN The Stations....................125
TWELVE The Mallard Place....................140
THIRTEEN The Arbors....................152
FOURTEEN Columbia....................167
FIFTEEN Carlawter II....................180
SIXTEEN South Hampton....................190
SEVENTEEN Midway....................202
EIGHTEEN Maybank....................216
NINETEEN Arcadia....................233
TWENTY The Retreat II....................247
TWENTY-ONE Columbia II....................260
TWENTY-TWO Philadelphia....................278
TWENTY-THREE Carlawter III....................300
TWENTY-FOUR Arcadia II....................317
TWENTY-FIVE Maybank II....................330
TWENTY-SIX Slave Market....................345
TWENTY-SEVEN Patience's Kitchen....................362
TWENTY-EIGHT Montevideo....................374
TWENTY-NINE The Retreat III....................386
THIRTY Southern Zion....................397
THIRTY-ONE Indianola....................408
THIRTY-TWO The Refuge....................422
THIRTY-THREE The Promised Land....................443
List of Principal Characters....................467
Genealogical Charts....................495
List ofPlantations....................505
Notes....................509
Index of Names....................577
General Index....................590

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