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A New Plantation World
Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900–1940

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Part of Cambridge Studies on the American South

  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416900

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  • In the era between the world wars, wealthy sportsmen and sportswomen created more than seventy large estates in the coastal region of South Carolina. By retaining select features from earlier periods and adding new buildings and landscapes, wealthy sporting enthusiasts created a new type of plantation. In the process, they changed the meaning of the word 'plantation', with profound implications for historical memory of slavery and contemporary views of the South. A New Plantation World is the first critical investigation of these 'sporting plantations'. By examining the process that remade former sites of slave labor into places of leisure, Daniel Vivian explores the changing symbolism of plantations in Jim Crow-era America.

    • Shifts the focus from labor relations and agriculture to cultural attributes and associated discourses, emphasizing the relationship between mythic visions of the southern past and the historic view of plantations
    • Examines the evolutionary development of plantations beyond agriculture and coerced labor
    • Reveals class-based alliances between elite white northerners and southerners during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, challenging the views of sectional identities during this era of reunion
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    'Daniel J. Vivian offers a fascinating, though long forgotten, history of how elite Northerners repurposed the former plantations of the South Carolina Low Country into sporting estates during the early decades of the twentieth century. Well-written and accessible, A New Plantation World complicates our understanding of North-South relations several decades after the Civil War, and demonstrates that the plantations purchased by wealthy Northerners were not intended for mythmaking, but reinvention.' Karen L. Cox, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and author of Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South

    'A New Plantation World peels away layers of myth and romance to reveal the curious story of elite Americans who engaged in conspicuous consumption by refashioning the South Carolina lowcountry, a landscape wrought by slavery, into a leisure playground. Riddled with ironies, this engaging history reminds us that their attempt to transform the region had the effect of perpetuating and intensifying inherited notions of race, region, and cultural privilege associated with this unique American landscape.' W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    'Daniel J. Vivian deftly and persuasively recuperates the deeply conflicted architectural and cultural histories of the early twentieth-century sporting plantations of the Carolina Low Country. His sharp, insightful engagement with the reinvention of plantation myth and mystique through the interventions of wealthy Northern 'sports' on buildings and landscapes offers a compelling lesson on how wealth, privilege, and politics edit historical and environmental memory.' Bernard L. Herman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416900
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 163 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Discovering the lowcountry: Northern sportsmen in paradise, 1880–1915
    2. Creating plantations for sport and leisure: estate-making in the Carolina lowcountry, 1915–1940
    3. New lowcountry, new plantations
    4. Creating Mulberry Plantation, 1915–1935: the Colonial Revival as an estate-making idiom
    5. Medway plantation: the patina of age
    6. Representing a new plantation world
    7. Plantation life: varieties of experience on the remade plantations of the lowcountry
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Daniel J. Vivian, University of Kentucky
    Daniel J. Vivian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky.

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