Jekyll Island's Early Years: From Prehistory through Reconstruction by June McCashJekyll Island's Early Years: From Prehistory through Reconstruction by June McCash

Jekyll Island's Early Years: From Prehistory through Reconstruction

byJune McCash

Paperback | May 15, 2014

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From the foremost authority on the famed Georgia barrier island, here is the first in-depth look at Jekyll Island’s early history. Much of what defines our view of the place dates from the Jekyll Island Club era. Founded in 1886, the Club was the private resort of America’s moneyed elite, including the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Pulitzers. In her new book that ranges from pre-Columbian times through the Civil War and its aftermath, June Hall McCash shows how the environment, human conflict, and a desire for refuge shaped the island long before the Club’s founding.

Jekyll’s earliest identifiable inhabitants were the Timucua, a flourishing group of Native Americans who became extinct within two hundred years after their first contact with Europeans. Caught up in the New World contests among France, Spain, and England, the island eventually became part of a thriving English colony. In subsequent stories of Jekyll and its residents, the drama of our nation plays out in microcosm. The American Revolution, the War of 1812, the slavery era, and the Civil War brought change to the island, as did hurricanes and cotton farming. Personality conflicts and unsanctioned love affairs also had an impact, and McCash’s narrative is filled with the names of Jekyll’s powerful and often colorful families, including Horton, Martin, Leake, and du Bignon.

Bringing insight and detail to a largely untold chapter of Jekyll’s past, June Hall McCash breathes life into a small part of Georgia that looms large in the state’s history.

JUNE HALL McCASH is a professor emerita at Middle Tennessee State University and the author of The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony and coauthor of The Jekyll Island Club (both Georgia). She was named a Georgia Author of the Year in 2011 and 2013.
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Title:Jekyll Island's Early Years: From Prehistory through ReconstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.65 inPublished:May 15, 2014Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820347388

ISBN - 13:9780820347387

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Penned by perhaps the preeminent authority on Jekyll Island, June Hall McCash's Jekyll Island Early Years fills a void in the historiography of Georgia. . . McCash's talents as a historian and writer shine. . . . McCash's work is an invigorating narrative, impressive in both scope and detail. It is an admirable prequel to her earlier studies of Jekyll Island and more than satisfies the need for a scholarly examination of the island's early years. - Georgia Historical Quarterly