What Nature Suffers to Groe explores the mutually transforming relationship between environment and human culture on the Georgia coastal plain between 1680 and 1920 Each of the successive communities on the coast the philanthropic and imperialistic experiment of the Georgia Trustees, the plantation culture of rice and sea island cotton planters and their slaves, and the postbellum society of wage earning freedmen, lumbermen, vacationing industrialists, truck farmers, river engineers, and New South promoters developed unique relationships with the environment, which in turn created unique landscapes.The core landscape of this long history was the plantation landscape, which persisted long after its economic foundation had begun to erode The heart of this study examines the connection between power relations and different perceptions and uses of the environment by masters and slaves on lowcountry plantations and how these differing habits of land use created different but interlocking landscapes.Nature also has agency in this story some landscapes worked and some did not Mart A Stewart argues that the creation of both individual and collective livelihoods was the consequence not only of economic and social interactions but also of changing environmental ones, and that even the best adaptations required constant negotiation between culture and nature In response to a question of perennial interest to historians of the South, Stewart also argues that a sense of place grew out of these negotiations and that, at least on the coastal plain, the South as a place changed in meaning several times....
|Title||:||What Nature Suffers to Groe: Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-1920 (Wormsloe Foundation Publication Ser.)|
|Publisher||:||University of Georgia Press December 23, 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||392 pages|
|File Size||:||996 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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What Nature Suffers to Groe: Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-1920 (Wormsloe Foundation Publication Ser.) Reviews
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In "What Nature Suffers to Groe," historian Mart Stewart has crafted a superb and a prize-winning book!
The subject of this book is not new: the historical implications of the social – the “life” – and the economic – the “labor and landscape” – systems of the Georgia coast from 1680-1920. But Mart Stewart incorporated other disciplines such as geography, botany and even etymology to make connections that had never been made before. This book used an environmental history perspective to show how the Georgia inhabitants depended on the land and attempted to manipulate it to suit their needs, while at the same time the realities of the land challenged these expectations, which in turn affected the relationship between different groups of people, especially planters and slaves. Stewart portrayed it as a triangle of power between masters, slaves and the land. His argument that, of the three, the land had the most influence over time is convincing due to the strength of the environmental evidence. However, the biggest selling point of the book – its interdisciplinary nature – ended up being it biggest downfall. At times Stewart got caught up in the minute details of the agriculture when he could have been much more to the point and cut the book down by a third. I now know how to cultivate long-strand cotton thanks to this book. Therefore, I would mainly recommend this book to agricultural historians interested in this Southern plantation history. That being said, this book filled in gaps in the more traditional sources by putting more emphasis on the landscape itself to further develop the larger historical narrative.