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How to Write About Historic Plantations

In my previous post I mentioned that an online conversation among Twitterstorians had covered the subject of how media cover the sale of historic plantations. While the conversation covers plantations of many locations or based in cotton or sugar, the … Continue reading

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Plantation Tourism in the Lowcountry Evolves

The ongoing reckoning with the history of racial oppression, especially the history of enslavement, is quickening among the Lowcountry’s tourist plantations. This week, the Washington Post brought a new piece examining this process and its most recent changes. N.B. Among … Continue reading

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Recalling “The Weeping Time”

The Savannah Morning News published an account recalling the tragic and terrible mass sale of 429 enslaved people in 1859. The sale, labeled “The Weeping Time” by African Americans, it is remembered as the largest auction of humans in the … Continue reading

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The Word Plantation and Its Implications

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd the structural and persistent aspects of racism are being called out. A secondary, but still important feature of Americans’ reevaluation of images, symbols, and … Continue reading

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Hasty Point Rice Plantation Becomes Part of Waccamaw NWR

One of the less appreciated legacies of rice culture and the fact that many plantations remained undeveloped and fairly intact, is their role in establishing a wildlife refuge space today and into the future. Hasty Point Plantation on the Pee … Continue reading

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Tomotley Plantation Sell for Nearly 8 Million

Tomotley Plantation, an ACE Basin property deeded by the crown in the late 17th Century served as a working rice plantation for generations. Over that time hundreds of enslaved people worked and lived there. Like most ACE Basin rice plantation, … Continue reading

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Hash – a Rice Kingdom Product

I have to confess to an abiding passion for hash on rice. Hannah Raskin produced a nice study of the current state of hash offerings in South Carolina. She also gives a tidy history of hash too. Read it here.

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Lonnie Bunch’s Visit to Friendfield Plantation

Lonnie G. Bunch III, the acclaimed visionary and first director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, now Secretary of the Smithsonian, brings some rice culture into his new book. In an account excerpted at … Continue reading

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Building the Rice Kingdom and the Reparations Debate

The LA Times ran a thoughtful and lengthy piece this week on the reparations debate with their focus on Charleston and the Rice Kingdom. They quote important rice culture historians Professor David Littlefield, Vinnie Deas Moore, Zenobia Harper, and Richard … Continue reading

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Hurricane Towers in the Rice Kingdom

The Georgetown Times offers a feature on local history produced by the Georgetown County Museum. The series is called “Museum Around the Corner” and does a nice job of making readers aware of local features of the past. The most … Continue reading

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