Seed From Madagascar

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Long before there were cobblestone streets along the Charleston battery, there was rice and there were slaves-the twin pillars upon which colonial Carolina wealth was built. But by the Civil War both began to crumble along with the planter aristocracy they supported. Seed from Madagascar chronicles the linked tragedies of the prominent Heyward family and South Carolina's rice industry while underscoring the integral role African Americans played in the fortunes of the planter class and the precious crop. As much ...
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Overview

Long before there were cobblestone streets along the Charleston battery, there was rice and there were slaves-the twin pillars upon which colonial Carolina wealth was built. But by the Civil War both began to crumble along with the planter aristocracy they supported. Seed from Madagascar chronicles the linked tragedies of the prominent Heyward family and South Carolina's rice industry while underscoring the integral role African Americans played in the fortunes of the planter class and the precious crop. As much about race as about rice, Duncan Clinch Heyward's account offers keen insights into Gullah culture and the paternalism of the low country planters. He describes the master-slave relationship, the planting and marketing of rice, and the changes wrought by the Civil War. Peter Coclanis's vivid new introduction to this Southern Classics edition places Heyward's chronicle in its historical and cultural context, making Seed from Madagascar as important today as when it first appeared in the 1930s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872498945
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2011
  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 1,255,340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Duncan Clinch Heyward (1864-1943) served as governor of South Carolina from 1903 to 1907.

Peter A. Coclanis is the Albert Ray Newsome Distinguished Professor for the Study of the South and director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous works in U.S. and international economic history, including The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920 and The South, the Nation, and the World: Perspectives on Southern Economic Development (with David L. Carlton).

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