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Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community

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Reconstructs daily life in a Lowcountry slave community.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1984)
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Jim Drewery
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Charles Joyner takes us on an engaging and enlightening voyage up the Waccamaw River, to All Saints Parish in the South Carolina lowcountry, in his book Down by the Riverside. He vividly recreates life the way it was, when rice was king, in places like Prospect Hill, Brookgreen, and Georgetown. These plantations and others like them were the home to tens thousands of African-American slaves, whose ceaseless toils over generations in the horrid conditions and sweltering heat of the rice paddies a ...more
Frank Karpiel
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent book in all respects. Focuses on plantation culture and economics along with African-American cultural adaptations in the 19th century South Carolina Low Country--specifically All Saints Parish, north of Georgetown. Occasionally the author uses academic/scholarly jargon, which is fine for those of us with graduate degrees in history or social sciences, but might otherwise be a bit dense for the general reader. Reason for the 4 starts--some of the chapters are absolutely brilliant (food ...more
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