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James Island: Stories from Slave Descendants [Paperback]

By Eugene Frazier, Sr. (Compiler)
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Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.81" Width: 6.41" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 2006
Publisher   History Press
ISBN  1596291826  
EAN  9781596291829  

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Today, James Island is a bustling community seven miles west of Charleston, South Carolina, alive with families, growing industry and a direct route to the Lowcountry's popular Folly Beach. However, the island's past was not always as sunny. Beginning in the eighteenth century, when more than forty percent of the slaves to enter the United States arrived at the Port of Charleston, James Island was the destination for hundreds of slaves who were tortured with unimaginable hardships while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, then put to work on one of the island's numerous plantations.

In James Island: Stories From Slave Descendants, Eugene Frazier, Sr., compiles narrative interviews with slaves, slave descendents, and descendents of plantation owners. The stories he gathered give us a singular perspective on the lives of African Americans from 1732-1950, following the James Island community from more than 130 years of slavery to decades of sharecropping and farming while slavery's long shadow survived in segregation.

Frazier's interviews, conducted between 1942 and 2005, chronicle stories that would otherwise be forgotten. The personal narratives and dark histories revealed by the interviews provide an alternate history to James Island's famous plantations: Dill, McLeod, Seabrook, Legare, Clark, and ten others. An excellent resource for historians, teachers or those interested in the journey from slavery to integration, James Island: Stories From Slave Descendants will be an enlightening and meaningful addition to any library.

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Bits of helpful info  Nov 30, 2007
It was a great pleasure to find a book about the place where I grew up. This book contains a wealth of information about many local families. However they're were several inaccuracies throughout the book.
Folklore and Black History fans will enjoy  Jul 28, 2007
Eugene Frazier Sr. was a pioneering Black policeman who wrote a book about his experiences in that position a few years ago that was locally published. Here, the turns his pen to his hometown, the once-rural James Island section of Charleston, SC and the descendants of those who were slaves there. He collected these oral histories from the Island elders (including many of his relatives) from 1942 to 2005.

Some readers may be put off the the extensive use of family trees and chornology in the book as a bit cumbersome, but this is a minor detail. The stories and folktales themselves, often phonetically in the region's Gullah dialect, perform an excellent source of previously unwritten tales of rural Black life.

One heartbreaking story involves an enslaved lady who searched for her brother who was sold away for the rest of ther life. Others deal with occuparion by the Union Army, Jim Crow society, and other aspects unique to the area such as a brief anecdote about Samuel Smalls (the handicapped beggar who inspired "Porgy and Bess") and another about a slave who was asked to join the Denmark Vesey slave rebellion in Charleston. Frazier also names names in stories about white men who oppressed blacks and had children by enslaved women-a still-touchy topic in these parts.

Overall, you may want to read this in intervals, but it makes for excellent reading and the telling of untold stories.


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