Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps / Edition 1

Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps / Edition 1

by William Dusinberre
     
 

In this groundbreaking book, Dusinberre conducts an intense investigation of slavery in the rice swamps of South Carolina and Georgia. Concentrated there were some of the richest—and most expansive—plantations of the South. It was an unhealthy region for both blacks and whites; slavery, in the swamps, was administered with particular severity. Focusing on

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In this groundbreaking book, Dusinberre conducts an intense investigation of slavery in the rice swamps of South Carolina and Georgia. Concentrated there were some of the richest—and most expansive—plantations of the South. It was an unhealthy region for both blacks and whites; slavery, in the swamps, was administered with particular severity. Focusing on three of the largest plantations, Dusinberre presents portraits of individuals, both black and white, who personify and exemplify the harsh realities of the slave system. Them Dark Days offers a vivid reconstruction of slavery in action; while it conveys the atmosphere and daily routine of the plantations, it also sets the analysis of slave culture within a wider context of health, discipline, privilege, and psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195090215
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.71(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Gentleman Capitalists3
2Manigaults and Heywards28
3The Charnel House48
4Unhappy Families84
5Dissidence122
6Privilege178
7Frances Kemble213
8Mothers and Children235
9Degradation248
10Morale265
11The Capitalist as Rice Planter285
12Coercion302
13Privileged Slaves319
14White Supremacy and Paternalist Theory350
15The Rice Kingdom387
16Retrospect417
17Slavery429
Appendixes437
Notes463
Index541

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