Stephen Doster was born in England and raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1983 and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he works at Vanderbilt University.
Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Pastby Doster
In an effort to preserve some of St. Simons Island's heritage, Voices from St. Simons records interviews with 17 people whose connection to the island stretches back generations. These longtime residents talk about the late 1800s and early 1900s as if they occurred in the last decade. Five of the people interviewed are direct descendants of well-know planters who owned large plantations in and around St. Simons. Six interviewees are direct descendants of slaves, many of whom lived and worked on those same plantations. These interviews reveal interesting relationships between the races through the centuries. These accounts allow us to sift through the present-day layers of tourist shops and new development to reveal a time and place largely preserved only in the minds of those with long memories.
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After living on St.Simons, reading Voices From St. Simons opened my eyes to its history and its marvelous people. Thank you, Stephen. JeanieL