|Bibliography, etc. Note:
|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-291) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:
|| pt. 1. Mars Bluff -- The early years -- The last years of slavery -- Alex Gregg, freedman -- Gregg's grandson, Archie Waiters -- pt. 2. "It's right there" -- The discovery -- Surprises -- A strange place for rice -- Hester Waiters -- Another mystery -- The South Carolina rice story -- The Mars Bluff rice story -- pt. 3. Tom Brown -- Tom Brown's riddle -- The Reverend Frank Saunders -- Tom Brown's land --
Appendixes. African American words and customs -- Threshing and husking rice -- Soils in Mars Bluff rice fields -- Variety of rice planted -- The Acadians and subsistence rice -- Interviews about rice cultivation.
|| In a clear and engaging style, Vernon traces the history of African Americans at Mars Bluff from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, following the paths of blacks transported from Africa to this continent to be sold as slaves and relating the harsh conditions under which they existed. She describes the efforts of free blacks after emancipation and into this century to improve their own lives and those of their families. During the course of her interviews, Vernon discovered that many African Americans at Mars Bluff cultivated small plots of rice until the 1920s. Although the coastal region of the state was well known for its large-scale rice production, little was known about the prevalence of African American rice growers in the pine belt.