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On the Plantation: A Story of a Georgia Boy's Adventures During the War

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This is a fictional treatment of Harris' early teen-age years as printer's devil for The Countryman, a remarkable country paper roughly modeled after The Spectator that was published during the war years by Joseph Addison Turner at Turnwold Plantation near Eatonton, Georgia. Harris dedicated On the Plantation to Turner and says in an Introductory Note: "Some of my friends who have read in serial form the chronicles that follow profess to find in them something more than an autobiographical touch. Be it so. It ...
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On the plantation; a story of a Georgia boy's adventures during the war

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This is a fictional treatment of Harris' early teen-age years as printer's devil for The Countryman, a remarkable country paper roughly modeled after The Spectator that was published during the war years by Joseph Addison Turner at Turnwold Plantation near Eatonton, Georgia. Harris dedicated On the Plantation to Turner and says in an Introductory Note: "Some of my friends who have read in serial form the chronicles that follow profess to find in them something more than an autobiographical touch. Be it so. It would indeed be difficult to invest the commonplace character of Joe Maxwell (i.e., Harris) with the vitality that belongs to fiction.

Nevertheless, the lad himself, and the events which are herein described, seem to have been born of a dream. That which is fiction pure and simple in these pages bears to me a stamp of truth, and that which is true reads like a clumsy invention. In this matter it is not for me to prompt the reader. He must sift the fact from the fiction and label it to suit himself".

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"On the Plantation is an interesting and eloquent story depicting a small but significant segment of American life in earlier years. It has succeeded in surviving the ravages of time and consequently has earned the right to be included in the library and memorable southern novels."--Erskine Caldwell

"Harris pulls out all the stops, which will intrigue all readers today as it did over eighty years ago."--Georgia Librarian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781149049761
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introductory Note xiii
I Joe Maxwell Makes a Start 1
II A Plantation Newspaper 21
III Tracking a Runaway 34
IV Shadows of the War 48
V Mr. Wall's Story 57
VI The Owl and the Birds 70
VII Old Zip Coon 83
VIII Something about "Sandy Claus" 104
IX Deserters and Runaways 122
X The Story-Tellers 141
XI The Relief Committee 162
XII A Georgia Fox-Hunt 182
XIII A Night's Adventures 202
XIV The Curtain Falls 223
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