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Twilight on the South Carolina rice fields : letters of the Heyward family, 1862-1871 /
edited by Margaret Belser Hollis and Allen H. Stokes ; with the assistance of Shirley Bright Cook, Janet Hudson, and Nicholas G. Meriwether ; introduction by Peter A. Coclanis.
imprint
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
description
xxxi, 427 p.
ISBN
1570038945 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781570038945 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2010.
isbn
1570038945 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781570038945 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
"Published in cooperation with the South Caroliniana Library with the assistance of the Caroline McKissick Dial Publication Fund."
catalogue key
7163919
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Twilight of the South Carolina Rice Fields also features an introduction by noted economic historian Peter A. Coclanis that places these letters and the legacy of the Heyward family into a broader historical context.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
This compilation of correspondence involves the Heyward family, an influential planter family that amassed a fortune in antebellum South Carolina through the cultivation of rice and the ownership of slaves. The editorial efforts of Hollis and Stokes convey the sense of reading the original documents, and their annotations are both unobtrusive and informative. The central figure in these letters from 1862 to 1871 is Edward Barnwell "Barney" Heyward. Civil War scholars should find Barney's efforts to maintain the productivity of his plantation, his service as a Confederate army engineer stationed in coastal South Carolina, and the complexity of home-front life in South Carolina of considerable interest. Reconstruction scholars will appreciate Barney's insights and opinions during the transition from slavery to free labor and the reconfiguration of the state's political environment. Agricultural historians should be fascinated by Heyward's descriptions of rice cultivation and plantation management. Finally, the context provided by Peter A. Coclanis's introduction is a significant enhancement to the entire project. Libraries supporting research on 19th-century southern history will want this resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. M. Banta Arkansas State University
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Choice, February 2011
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The Civil War and Reconstruction eras decimated the rice-planting enterprise of the South, and no family experienced the effects of this economic upheaval quite as dramatically as the Heywards of South Carolina, a family synonymous with the wealth of the old rice kingdom in the Palmetto State. Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields collects the revealing wartime and postbellum letters and documents of Edward Barnwell "Barney" Heyward (1826-1871), a native of Beaufort District and grandson of Nathaniel Heyward, one of the most successful rice planters and largest slaveholders in the South. Barney Heyward was also the father of South Carolina governor Duncan Clinch Heyward, author of Seed from Madagascar, the definitive account of the rice kingdom's final stand a generation later.Edited by Margaret Belser Hollis and Allen H. Stokes, the Heyward family correspondence from this transformational period reveals the challenges faced by a once-successful industry and a once-opulent society in the throes of monumental change. During the war Barney Heyward served as a lieutenant in the engineering division of the Confederate army but devoted much of his time to managing affairs at his plantations near Columbia and Beaufort. His letters chronicle the challenges of preserving his lands and maintaining control over the enslaved labor force essential to his livelihood and his family's fortune. The wartime letters also provide a penetrating view of the Confederate defense of coastal South Carolina against the Union forces who occupied Beaufort District. In the aftermath of the conflict, Heyward worked with only limited success to revive planting operations. In addition to what these documents reveal about rice cultivation during tumultuous times, they also convey the drama, affections, and turmoil of life in the Heyward family, from Barney's increasingly difficult relations with his father, Charles Heyward, to his heartfelt devotion to his wife, the former Catherine "Tat" Maria Clinch, and their children.

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