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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195090217

ISBN-13: 9780195090215

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this controversial, groundbreaking, and eloquently written book, William Dusinberre examines slavery in the rice swamps of the South Carolina and Georgia "low country". The antebellum rice kingdom's large plantations carried a political and social weight seldom recognized in later years. Focusing on three plantations and incorporating overseers' letters, slave…  See more details below

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In this controversial, groundbreaking, and eloquently written book, William Dusinberre examines slavery in the rice swamps of the South Carolina and Georgia "low country". The antebellum rice kingdom's large plantations carried a political and social weight seldom recognized in later years. Focusing on three plantations and incorporating overseers' letters, slave testimonies, and numerous plantation sources, Dusinberre presents portraits of such fascinating individuals as the defiant slave carpenter Jack Savage and his master Charles Manigault, who exemplify the harsh realities of slavery. Them Dark Days offers a vivid reconstruction of slavery in action. Setting recent analyses of slave culture within a wider context of health, discipline, privilege, and psychology, the book casts a sharp new light on slave history.

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

IGowrie: A Manigault Estate
1.Gentleman Capitalists3
2.Manigaults and Heywards28
3.The Charnel House48
4.Unhappy Families84
5.Dissidence122
6.Privilege178
IIButler Island
7.Frances Kemble213
8.Mothers and Children235
9.Degradation248
10.Morale265
IIIRobert Allston's Plantations
11.The Capitalist as Rice Planter285
12.Coercion302
13.Privileged Slaves319
14.White Supremacy and Paternalist Theory350
IVThe Wider Scene
15.The Rice Kingdom387
16.Retrospect417
17.Slavery429
Appendixes437
Notes463
Index541

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