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The Croom Family and Goodwood Plantation. Land, Litigation, and Southern Lives

Rogers, William Warren; Clark, Erica R.

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ISBN 10: 0820320692 / ISBN 13: 9780820320694
Published by University of Georgia Press, Athens, 1999
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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8vo. xvii, [1], 290pp. Illustrations. Red cloth hardcover with illustrated dust jacket. Light foxing to underside of the dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 3959

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Title: The Croom Family and Goodwood Plantation. ...

Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Athens

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: good +

Edition: First Edition.

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One of the most elegant mansions in Florida, Goodwood was built over a century ago and stands today as one of Tallahassee’s grandest historical monuments. It was once the center of a thriving plantation founded by the Croom family of North Carolina, who in the 1820s sought to revive their fortunes in the newly opened Florida territory. William Warren Rogers and Erica R. Clark tell the story of this family and their legacy, shedding new light on many aspects of antebellum family life, plantation management, and race relations. They describe how brothers Hardy and Bryan Croom developed Goodwood Plantation to over four thousand acres with nearly two hundred slaves before Hardy and his family were killed in a shipwreck, and how a twenty-year lawsuit, complicated by questions of survivorship and residency, denied Bryan control of the estate. This meticulously detailed account, drawing extensively on family correspondence and court records, is a story of humaneness, hard work, and family values—but also of selfishness and greed—that reveals an intriguing chapter of southern history.

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William Warren Rogers is professor emeritus of history at Florida State University. Erica R. Clark is a volunteer researcher at Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Inc.

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