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Published: Feb 24 2020
Size: 7 x 10
Illustrations: 76 b&w halftones, 5 maps
edited by Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius
Chlotilde R. Martin (1895–1991) of Beaufort wrote extensively about South Carolina's southern coast for the Charleston News and Courier and other publications. In addition to her 1930s plantation sketches, she wrote the weekly column "Lowcountry Gossip" for more than three decades. She was the author of Sea Islands to Sand Hills, with photographer Carl Julien, and Winds of Change in Gullah Land.
Robert B. Cuthbert, a native of Summerville, attended Clemson University and graduated from the College of Charleston and. He has served on the staff of the U.S. Vegetable Lab at Charleston for more than forty years. An active member of the South Carolina Historical Society, he has an avid interest in researching the history of the South Carolina coast.
Stephen G. Hoffius is a freelance writer and editor in Charleston and the former director of publications for the South Carolina Historical Society. He is coeditor with Angela D. Mack of Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art.
"In the 1920s, as poverty and weather ground away at South Carolina's formerly grand plantations, Sam Stoney of Medway was known to say, 'Lord, please send us a rich Yankee.' Chlotilde Martin's engaging articles provide fascinating insight into an overlooked era of history that largely determined the shape of today's lowcountry landscape. As a native South Carolinian, I often thank the Lord for the rich Yankees who decided that their adopted land was too beautiful to despoil, and consequently helped launch one of the nation's most successful conservation movements."—Dana Beach, executive director, Coastal Conservation League
"Mrs. Martin's guide to lowcountry plantations and their post-Civil War owners is three-fourths fact, one-fourth gossip, and one hundred percent fun to read. Modern day editors Cuthbert and Hoffius have done a great service to those interested in history, hunting, architecture, farming, landscaping, environmental protection, finances, nudism, showgirls, the wearing of tuxedo jackets with waders, black magic, and the gentle art of living well."—William P. Baldwin, author of The Hard to Catch Mercy and Lowcountry Plantations Today
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