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Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 14 b&w halftones, 3 maps
edited by Kincaid Mills, Genevieve C. Peterkin, and Aaron McCollough
Published: Aug 15 2008
Published: Mar 20 2023
Published: Mar 20 2023
The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of
Genevieve W. Chandler (1890–1980) moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, at the age of ten when her father purchased Wachesaw Plantation and the Hermitage. Her short stories drawn from the folklore of Waccamaw Neck were published in Scribner's, Mademoiselle, and Southwestern Review. From 1938 to 1963 she served as curator of Brookgreen Gardens.
Kincaid Mills is an investment manager, conservationist, and independent scholar living in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. In 2000 he was awarded the Civic Volunteer Award by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for his work in land conservation
Genevieve C. Peterkin is a local historian and environmental activist in Murrells Inlet. With William P. Baldwin, she is the author of Heaven Is a Beautiful Place: A Memoir of the South Carolina Coast.
Aaron McCollough teaches in the English department at the University of Michigan and is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Little Ease.
"The speakers of the individual sections are story-tellers, and we receive their information as though we were listening to their stories. Coming Through comes much closer than the recordings of Gullah speech and song from this period I have heard to capturing what these people, so oppressed by poverty and ignorance, so isolated yet so proud of their traditions, must actually have sounded like. That this book exists at all is a marvel of meticulous and patient scholarship. I hope that many will indeed receive the wisdom, humor, beauty and inspiration of this book . . . . Coming Through speaks more eloquently to the true condition of black people in the Lowcountry between the War and the Second World War than any other book I have read. This is a book for 'dipping,' like a collection of short stories in which one may comfortably read an offering at a single sitting."—Charleston Mercury
"It's no stretch to compare Genevieve Chandler with William Faulkner, for both writers present us with entire worlds, complex flesh and blood worlds where the simple virtues of honesty, courage, and generosity not only endure but triumph. This oral history collection is a treasure."—William P. Baldwin, author of The Hard to Catch Mercy and Lowcountry Plantations Today
"The past, as Faulkner reminded us long ago, is never dead; it isn't even past. In this landmark work, Kincaid Mills, Genevieve C. Peterkin and Aaron McCullough have recovered the long-forgotten voices of former slaves and their descendants. First collected by Genevieve W. Chandler during the New Deal, these interviews shed light on a world that is at once distant and all too near. Coming Through reminds us anew of the great American tragedy of slavery and of its long, grim shadow of segregation. But it is a reminder, too, of the indomitability of the spirit of those who endured the seemingly unendurable, and lived to tell the tale. This is an important and seminal work."—Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek and author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
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