RICE GOLD: James Hamilton Couper and Plantation Life on the Georgia Coast.

Bagwell, James E.

Published by Mercer University Press,, 2000
ISBN 10: 0865546517 / ISBN 13: 9780865546516
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Title: RICE GOLD: James Hamilton Couper and ...

Publisher: Mercer University Press,

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: VG

Dust Jacket Condition: VG

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition


Hardcover first edition with mild shelfwear. Signed in ink by author on front endpaper. Crisp, bright DJ with minimal shelfwear (no tears). Couper rose from indentured servant to become one of the South's most prominent planters. Not a former library book. ; Bookseller Inventory # 46757

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Synopsis: The Georgia Coast is one the most intriguing areas of the United States. A land of sluggish rivers, murky blackwater swamps, and studded with a string of islands, it is the home of a special breed of people. They are as wild, reckless, exciting, beautiful, and contradictory as the land itself. One thing is for sure: both natives and visitors love it. But the story of this land is one that is often known about only in legend and hearsay, in stories and novels, and even in a few dissertations.

By focusing on James Hamilton Couper, James Bagwell paints a portrait of the Georgia Coast during the late eighteenth century through the middle of the nineteenth century. Coupers family was originally from Scotland, where the story actually begins, but settled on the Georgia Coast. When James Hamilton Couper was grown, he attended Yale, but returned to make a name for himself and his plantation in politics, plantation management, scientific agriculture, archaeology, and architecture. Bagwell also discusses the role of Couper as a slave owner and slave-life on the plantation.

But the book is more than about Couper; he is simply the pivot of the book. The real story here is the Coastal land itself: socially, economically, religiously, and politically. From the colonial days on the coast through the American Civil War, Bagwell has written a compelling story of a most enigmatic land: the Georgia Coast.

About the Author: James E. Bagwell is Professor of history at Georgia Southwestern State University. He is a contributor to the History of Sumter County and is the author of the History of Plains Mayors .

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