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John Horry Dent: South Carolina Aristocrat On Alabama Frontier
by Ray Mathis
University of Alabama Press, 1979
Cloth: 978-0-8173-5263-9 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5116-8
Library of Congress Classification S417.D43M37
Dewey Decimal Classification 976.132

Explores the world of wealthy planter and landholder John Horry Dent . . . Who at one time owned five plantations in Barbour County, Alabama. In 1837, when he came to the newly opened [Creek Nation lands on the] Alabama frontier with his young wife and her 35 slaves, he had the building of an agrarian dynasty in mind, but his ambition was thwarted by the Civil War. . . . Taken from Dent's extensive journals, the book is minutely specific about every facet of life on a large plantation, in the fields and the slave cabins, the mansion and the business office.

-- Anniston Star

A valuable microcosmic slice of Old South life that allows the testing of many of our large historical assumptions against individual experience.

--American Historical Review

An excellent, in-depth case study. . . . A standard point of reference in southern history. . . . Highly recommended.


1981 James F. Sulzby Award of the Alabama Historical Association

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