Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

byWilliam Dusinberre

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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, inthe 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 inaction; 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.

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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 incorporati...

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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, inthe swamps, was administered with particular ...

William Dusinberre is at University of Warwick.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.69 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195090217

ISBN - 13:9780195090215

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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.

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"William Dusinberre's book is a big, thoroughly researched, fascinating study of antebellum slavery in the rice swamps of coastal South Carolina and Georgia."--Journal of American Ethnic History