Voices of the Old South: Eyewitness Accounts, 1528-1861

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Alan Gallay
University of Georgia Press, 1 січ. 1994 р. - 404 стор.
Spanning the period from the earliest European expeditions to the eve of the Civil War, Voices of the Old South assembles a fascinating array of firsthand perspectives on the great events that shaped the region as well as its customs, attitudes, and commonplace occurrences. Encompassing key themes in southern history, the eyewitness accounts Alan Gallay has brought together for this volume are remarkable in their variety. In addition, Gallay's selections reflect a multicultural approach in which African Americans, native Americans, and women are treated not as mere tokens but as major participants in southern life.

Unlike many works on the Old South, which tend to focus on the immediate pre-war years, this volume gives equal attention to the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Its geographic definition of the region is notably broad, including not only British America but also French Louisiana, the mountain areas as well as the lowlands, the pine barrens and the cotton belt. While famous names--such as Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Frances Anne Kemble--can be found here, Gallay also features writings by a number of obscure or less familiar figures. A French carpenter's account of an ill-fated expedition in Florida, a Scottish tradesman's description of the social mores of Georgia and the Carolinas, a free black's journal of daily life in Natchez, Mississippi--these are but a few of the rare and unusual documents excerpted in the book.

In his introduction, Gallay explains the diversity of his selections, contending that to identify common threads among particular groups is not enough: we must also understand how the common threads take different forms when they penetrate different subcultures. By allowing the reader to listen to the richly divergent voices of those who lived in or visited the Old South, this collection suggests some fruitful ways of reaching that understanding.

 

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In keeping with the current trend of social historians, Gallay (Western Washington Univ.) has collected and carefully edited a representative collection of a broad and diverse range of firsthand ... Читати огляд повністю

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THE PLANTING OF EURAMERICAN COLONIES IN THE SOUTH
1
Nicolas Le Challeux
15
Pierre and JeanBaptiste Talon
28
Andre Penicaut
41
St Augustine in Florida
51
THE EIGHTEENTHCENTURY
66
John Martin Bolzius
85
Philip Vickers Fithian
98
John James Audubon
236
Fredrika Bremer
249
NORTHERN VOICES
265
Nehemiah Adams
283
Frederick Law Olmsted
300
AFRICANAMERICAN VOICES
309
Henry Bibb
316
Harriet Jacobs
324

Eliza Lucas Pinckney
112
John and Ann Harrower
116
Charles Woodmason
130
John Martin Bolzius
144
Thomas Jefferson
157
THE RELIGIOUS SOUTH
168
Alexander Garden
186
Journal
201
Fredrika Bremer
218
FOREIGN VOICES
222
Solomon Northup
333
William Johnson
345
SOUTHERN WHITE VOICES
351
Bennet H Barrow
358
Mary Moragne
370
of Learning of South Carolina at Its Annual Meeting
377
James Henry Hammond
387
Daniel R Hundley
394
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Alan Gallay is the Warner Woodring Chair of Atlantic World and Early American History at Ohio State University, where he is also Director of the Center for Historical Research. His books include The Formation of a Planter Elite (Georgia) and The Indian Slave Trade, winner of the 2003 Bancroft Prize.

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