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When Rice Was King--Supplementary Resources

When Rice Was King examines an important but often forgotten aspect of the antebellum plantation system. Below are materials for further exploration of the rice culture in South Carolina.

Historic Places of America’s Diverse Culture
The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

History of Georgetown
A sampling of Georgetown area history, including a look at the rise of rice culture, the leaders of that society, and its collapse in the middle of the 19th century.

The Experience of a Slave in South Carolina
An on-line version of former slave John Andrew Jackson's 1863 book on slave life in South Carolina.

Charleston Multimedia Project
Charleston was the center of antebellum South Carolina's economic and cultural life, and this site explores the city's history through a guidebook, historical essays, a timeline, and tours of the Historic District. [http://www.ccpl.org/content.asp?id=14676&catID=5405&action=detail&parentID=5402]

Africans in America
PBS has two special features titled "Africans in America" and "The Slaves Kingdom" that portray different perspectives of the African slave trade from both sides of the Atlantic.

Drayton Hall
One of the best-preserved rice plantations is Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark and a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A fine example of colonial architecture, this house tells the story of a plantation and community over 250 years.


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