Cambridge Studies on the American South: A New Plantation World : Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies on the American South: A New Plantation World : Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940 (Hardback)

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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108416900
Number of pages: 362
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 235 x 163 x 25 mm


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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
'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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