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Major Butler's legacy : five generations of a slaveholding family

Author: Malcolm Bell
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Encompassing American history from the eve of the Revolution to the first decades of our own century, this book is a history of five generations of the Butler's, a family sundered at its very core by the same institution of slavery that would lead the nation into the horror and destruction of the Civil War. To his family, Major Butler's legacy consisted of two well-appointed properties in Philadelphia, the rich  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Butler (Familie)
Butler (Familie, Georgia)
Named Person: Pierce Butler; Butler family.; Butler family.; Pierce Butler
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Bell
ISBN: 0820308978 9780820308975 0820311774 9780820311777
OCLC Number: 13703257
Description: xxiv, 673 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Carolina gentry --
Pierce Butler, patriot --
Spoils of war --
Pierce Butler's private life --
Pierce Butler's public life, 1776-1789 --
Pierce Butler's pubic life, 1789-1819 --
the Altamaha estuary --
The Georgia plantations --
The slaves --
Honored sir --
The War of 1812 --
Second generation: the Butlers --
Second generation: the Kings --
The Mease boys change their names --
Enter Fanny Kemble --
Negroland --
Butler vs. Butler --
The weeping time --
The dogs of Civil War --
Yankee vandals in the low country --
"Inevitable Sambo" --
Why be free? --
Massa Jimmy --
Milestones and gravestones --
Straight up to God --
Lady Baltimore --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Malcolm Bell, Jr.

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A chronicle of the patrimony of the slave-owning Butler family of Georgia and South Carolina through five generations, from the eve of the American Revolution to the first decades of the 20th  Read more...

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