A memoir of a childhood in the 1920's on James island, South Carolina. Re-creates the boyhood world of water, live oaks, and Spanish moss. Bresee pays tribute to the African Americans who shaped his sea island experience.
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Clyde Bresee was just five years old in 1921 when his family moved from a tiny Pennsylvania farm to the Lawton Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. While his father labored for the next decade to revitalize the sprawling sea island plantation's dairy operation, Clyde reveled in a world utterly foreign from the community of his birth; he encountered a society of mannered gentility, a climate in which winter passed in a twinkling of an eye, a place of wandering tidal streams and vast expanses of salt marshes, and a people - African-American people - he had never met. In Sea Island Yankee, Bresee revisits the time and place that endowed his childhood with great happiness and have held a powerful grip on his adult musings. With the observant eyes of a youngster and the distanced perspective of an outsider, Bresee re-creates his boyhood world of water, live oaks, and Spanish moss. He recalls Confederate memorial observances at which he heard white-haired veterans recount Civil War battles, and he chronicles seemingly endless opportunities for swimming, crabbing, boating, and exploring. Bresee also pays tribute to the unforgettable African Americans who shaped his sea island experience, from Jamsie, his multi-talented playmate, to Ned, the indispensable plantation employee who once saved the life of Clyde's brother. Enhanced by charming illustrations, Bresee's beautifully crafted account captures the adventures of a wondrous boyhood and the character of a remarkable sea island community.From Library Journal:
Bresee came to the Charleston, South Carolina sea islands in 1921 with his family at the age of six and returned to the Pennsylvania mountains to the family farm during the early years of the Depression. Sea Island Yankee is his recollection of his formative years on St. James Islandyears marked by personal growth and increasing awareness of his small world. Often humorous and even bittersweet, the book is a poignant reflection of Southern customs, family life, school, and race relations. Especially touching is Bresee's account of his return to St. James many years later and a meeting with a black friend of his youth. This is the first in a new series. Other planned titles will focus on Dallas; Dedham, Massachusetts; and Oxford, Georgia. A worthwhile addition for public and academic libraries. Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Alabama
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Book Description Algonquin Books, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110912697377
Book Description Algonquin Books, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0912697377