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Eunice : a tale of Reconstruction times in South Carolina : a novel / by William James Rivers ; edited by Tara Courtney McKinney.

Available copies

  • 6 of 7 copies available at SC LENDS.

Current holds

0 current holds with 7 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Anderson - Anderson Main Library SC F Rivers William (Text) 25978503 Adult Fiction Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch FIC RIV (Text) 0530005630168 Adult Fiction Collection Available -
Beaufort - St. Helena Branch REC FIC RIV (Text) 0530005630177 Adult Reconstruction Collection Available -
Florence - Main Library Rivers (Text) 33172003980115 Adult South Carolina Reference Available -
South Carolina State Library 813.4 RIVE (Text) 0010103101118 Adult SC Collection Non-Circulating -
South Carolina State Library 813.4 RIVE (Text) 0010103101126 Adult SC Collection Available -
South Carolina State Library 813.4 RIVE (Text) 0010103101134 Adult SC Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781570036408
  • Physical Description: xix, 253 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [2006]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Published in cooperation with the South Caroliniana Library with the assistance of the Caroline McKissick Dial Publication Fund and the University South Caroliniana Society.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
Noted 19th-century South Carolina historian and novelist, James Williams Rivers penned this lost tale of the Reconstruction era years before the Lost Cause romance became a genre all its own. Published here for the first time, Eunice combines the historical treasure trove of the author's eyewitness accounts of the Civil War and Reconstruction with his literary plot about a Southern woman choosing love over conventional expectations. Eunice opens with the burning of Columbia on February 17, 1865, as drawn from Rivers's own firsthand experience of the event. Wade Hampton and his Red Shirts, the Ku Klux Klan, African Americans, and carpetbaggers (corrupt and honourable alike) inhabit River's fictional world. The novel centers on Eunice DeLesline, a Southern belle impoverished by the war and faced with divergent visions of Southern masculinity. Competing for her hand are Willie Barton, a son of the Old South, and Colonel Loyle, a self-made Confederate captain. A carpetbagger's plot to kidnap Eunice drives the action and presents Rivers with ample opportunity to voice his opinions on race, gender, and power in this transitional period in American history. what kind of Southerner might best lead the region. Eunice sides with her heart and invites a new era of prosperity. In using historical episodes as a framework for his story, Rivers adopts the technique of another South Carolina novelist and historian, William Gilmore Simms. Like his fellow Reconstruction novelists John W. De Forest, Albion Tourgee, and Charles E. Craddock (Mary Murphree), Rivers uses fiction as a means to explore how the nation would or would not reunite following the war. However, he takes a more pointed approach than others in defining what kind of leadership would best serve the postbellum South. Tara Courtney McKinney's introduction sets the story in its proper cultural context and provides valuable biographical information on an important, though overlooked, Southern writer.
Subject: Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) > South Carolina > Fiction.
Young women > Fiction.
South Carolina > Fiction.

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