A World Turned Upside Down
The Palmers of South Santee, 1818-1881
The volume offers insight into every aspect of plantation life: education, religion, household management, planting, slave-master relations, and social life. While the antebellum writings reveal rigid attitudes about social, economic, political, and religious concerns, the wartime correspondence depicts the devastation of those attitudes and of the Palmers' lifestyle. In addition to overwhelming material concerns, the Palmers describe the emotional impact of wartime casualties and of God's seeming indifference to their plight.
By the close of the war, the Palmers were heavily in debt. Their letters from that period tell of unprofitable contract labor and sharecropping, the desertion and loss of slaves, the search for nonagricultural employment, and their changing social status.
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"A rare and revealing glimpse into the everyday life of one of the South's elite planting families. Not just another 'rise and fall' story, it is a must read for anyone interested in Southern agriculture, education, or family life."—Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina in the Modern Age
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