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Remaking Wormsloe Plantation: The Environmental History of a Lowcountry Landscape (Environmental History and the American South)


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Why do we preserve certain landscapes while developing others without restraint? Drew A. Swansonandrsquo;s in-depth look at Wormsloe plantation, located on the salt marshes outside of Savannah, Georgia, explores that question while revealing the broad historical forces that have shaped the lowcountry South.

Wormsloe is one of the most historic and ecologically significant stretches of the Georgia coast. It has remained in the hands of one family from 1736, when Georgiaandrsquo;s Trustees granted it to Noble Jones, through the 1970s, when much of Wormsloe was ceded to Georgia for the creation of a state historic site. It has served as a guard post against aggression from Spanish Florida; a node in an emerging cotton economy connected to far-flung places like Lancashire and India; a retreat for pleasure and leisure; and a carefully maintained historic site and green space. Like many lowcountry places, Wormsloe is inextricably tied to regional, national, and global environments and is the product of transatlantic exchanges.

Swanson argues that while visitors to Wormsloe value what they perceive to be an andldquo;authentic,andrdquo; undisturbed place, this landscape is actually the product of aggressive management over generations. He also finds that Wormsloe is an ideal place to get at hidden stories, such as African American environmental and agricultural knowledge, conceptions of health and disease, the relationship between manual labor and views of nature, and the ties between historic preservation and natural resource conservation. Remaking Wormsloe Plantation connects this distinct Georgia place to the broader world, adding depth and nuance to the understanding of our own conceptions of nature and history.

About the Author

Drew A. Swanson is an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in environmental history at Millsaps College. He was a fellow in environmental history at the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History from 2008 to 2010.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Sutter


Introduction. The Last Plantation

Chapter 1. A Lowcountry Experiment: Creating a Transatlantic Wormsloe

Chapter 2. Becoming a Plantation: Wormsloe from the Revolution to the Civil War

Chapter 3. Wormsloe Remade: Plantation Culture from the Civil War to the Twentieth Century

Chapter 4. andquot;Worth Crossing Oceans to Seeandquot;: The Transition from an Agricultural to an Ornamental Landscape

Chapter 5. From Plantation to Park: Wormsloe since 1938




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Swanson, Drew A.
University of Georgia Press
Sutter, Paul S.
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Trade Cloth
Environmental History and the American South
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34 bandw photos, 6 maps
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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