Major Butler's Legacy: Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family

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Traces the life of a Georgia plantation family, from slave-holding colonial times to the beginning of the twentieth century

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Malcolm Bell Jr. spent eight eight years researching and writing Major Butler's Legacy on retiring as president and chairman of a Savannah bank. He has published articles and books on Savannah and Georgia history, and with his wife Muriel made the photographs for Drums and Shadows, a Georgia Writers' Project publication reissued by the University of Georgia Press in 1986.

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"No Hollywood script could be more dramatic than the saga of the Butlers"--"Richmond News Leader"

"By any measure, "Major Butler's Legacy" is a wonder . . . Bell uses the Butlers to tell America's story. . . . From the Constitution-maker Pierce Butler himself, through the grandson's generation, which included the great actress Fanny Kemble, down through the great-great-grandson, the famous novelist of "The Virginian", Owen Wister, the family occupied center stage of U.S. history for 150 years"--"Miami Herald"

""Major Butler's Legacy" is a great contribution both to our knowledge of the world created by Southern slaveholders and to the much-celebrated but too often obscure legacy of that hot and humid 1787 Philadelphia summer. . . . Bell is everything a popular historian can be: informative, entertaining and a storyteller who makes the tragedy of the past real in the lives of his readers"--"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

"A life and times family biography . . . While we meet many fascinating members of the Butler family, most striking is the counterpoint of white and black playing out its intricate and contradictory theme in slavery and freedom. Bell's rich account clarifies why the Old South and the New defy easy summary and ensnare our imagination. With the epic sweep of "Children of Pride", this is highly recommended for major libraries."--"Library Journal"

"Author Bell finds this family paradigmatic of that portion of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century southern American society heavily dependent on slavery and dedicated to resisting its abolition. History buffs will lose themselves in these well-ordered, even vigorous pages, as Bell investigates the nature of slave economy via the traits and experiences of the Butlers and pries into the private lives of individual Butler family members and of the slaves themselves."--"Booklist"

"Drawn from thorough research in primary sources, this is the engaging story of one of America's great plantation families . . . There is rich detail on the lives of slaves, their work, diet, religion, family life, and treatment under plantation managers. The author makes extensive use of family correspondence, journals, diaries, newspapers, wills, documents of agricultural production, slave inventories, and records of black births, deaths, escapes, and punishments. His account includes notes, a good bibliography, and eighty-two pages of records of the Butler family, related figures, and records of slaves and black freemen. Included, too, are some excellent illustrations and photographs of former slaves. Highly recommended."--"Choice"

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