Plantation Enterprise

BOOK: Edelson on the Plantation Worlds of South Carolina

S. Max Edelson, Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. From Harvard University Press: European settlers came to South Carolina in 1670 determined to possess an abundant wilderness. Over the course of a century, they settled highly adaptive rice and indigo plantations across a vast coastal plain. Forcing slaves to turn swampy wastelands into productive fields and to channel surging … Continue reading BOOK: Edelson on the Plantation Worlds of South Carolina

AHR Exchange: “The Question of ‘Black Rice”

This month’s American Historical Review features a forum on Judith Carney’s much discussed work Black Rice:  The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2001).  Scholars S. Max Edelson, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Walter Hawthorne, David Eltis, Philip Morgan and David Richardson weigh in. AHR Exchange: The Question of “Black Rice” Introduction Beyond “Black Rice”: Reconstructing Material and Cultural Contexts for Early … Continue reading AHR Exchange: “The Question of ‘Black Rice”