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Slavery and rice culture in low country Georgia, 1750-1860 / Julia Floyd Smith.

By: Smith, Julia Floyd, 1914-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c1985Description: xiv, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0870494627 (alk. paper); 9780870494628 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Slaves -- Georgia -- Social conditions | Rice trade -- Georgia -- History | Plantation life -- Georgia -- History | Georgia -- History -- 1775-1865DDC classification: 975.8/00496073 Other classification: 15.00 | 89.91
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E445.G3 S65 1985 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000970343

Bibliography: p. 227-251.

Includes index.

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Smith asserts that, except for working knee-deep in swampland, slave life on the Georgia rice coast would be preferable to that endured elsewhere in the South. She argues that paternalistic rice planters applied fewer punitive measures to their slaves and favored the ``task'' system as opposed to the ``gang'' system practiced by cotton planters elsewhere. The task system enabled industrious slaves to complete their daily assignments early and earn extra money by ``moonlighting.'' Moreover, provisions for food, clothing, shelter, and medical care exceeded those for Piedmont slaves. Tidal waves on the 10 to 20 mile strip above the Georgia coast provided an irrigation system for 30,000 acres of rice by 1860. Large planters enjoyed a return on their investment of eight percent (as opposed to six percent for cotton). Isolationism on rice plantations encouraged the retention of Africanisms in slave culture. A concluding chapter offers an excellent descriptive summary of statistical information provided earlier. Outstanding appendixes, notes, and bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates and beyond.-D.E. Everett, Trinity University

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