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Carolina's golden fields : inland rice cultivation in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1670-1860 / Hayden R. Smith.

Author/Creator:
Smith, Hayden (Hayden R.) author.
Publication:
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 245 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Cambridge studies on the American South
Cambridge studies on the American South
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Subjects:
Rice farming -- South Carolina -- History.
Rice farming -- Environmental aspects -- South Carolina.
Rice farming -- Economic aspects -- South Carolina.
Slave labor -- South Carolina -- History.
Plantations -- South Carolina -- History.
South Carolina -- Economic conditions.
South Carolina -- Environmental conditions.
Ecology.
Economic history.
Plantations.
Rice farming.
Slave labor.
South Carolina.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"The basis for this book began twenty years ago when I enrolled in the College of Charleston's summer archaeological field school. After spending the first half of the semester honing our technique by digging five-foot by five-foot units, identifying soil stratigraphy, and collecting artifacts at the Charleston Museum's Stono Plantation, the archaeologists reoriented us students to a new site. For the remainder of the field school we investigated Willtown Bluff on the Edisto River, an early-eighteenth century township surrounded by plantations. My interest in inland rice cultivation grew from our work at the James Stobo site, a 1710 plantation located on the edge of the Willtown township and one mile from the tidal river. For three archaeological seasons between 1997 and 1999, I participated in excavations of the Stobo Plantation house foundation located on a hardwood knoll surrounded by a sea of low-lying Cypress wetlands. During this time, I had a unique opportunity to walk off the dry terra firma and explore miles of inland rice embankments sprawling to the east and to the south of the house site. Major embankments traverse the wetlands on a magnetic north/south and east/west axis, intersected by smaller check banks and drainage canals as far as the eye can see under the dense cypress and hardwood canopy"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction : in land of cypress and pine
Simple reserves : early development of inland rice, 1670-1729
The "golden mines of Carolina" : expansion of the inland complex, 1730-1783
"To depend altogether on reservoirs" : Upper Wando River rice cultivation, 1783-1860
"The rice fields which are sown have been partially flowed" : water and labor management during the antebellum period
Inland rice cultivation and the promise of agricultural reform
Epilogue : forgotten fields.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781108423403
110842340X
9781108437523
1108437524
OCLC:
1096215457