Down by the Riverside:
A South Carolina Slave Community

by Charles Joyner

Down by the Riverside (University of Illinois Press)

University of Illinois Press (1984). xxii + 345pp. including index. 6 x 9 inches. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0-252-01305-0. ISBN-13: 978-0-252-01305-8.

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“The finest work ever written on American slavery.” — George P. Rawick, editor of The American Slave

“Joyner's innovative reconstruction of antebellum plantation life in the South Carolina lowcountry's All Saints Parish ought to serve as an inspiration and guide for both state and local historians and those scholars who, in Joyner's words, ‘attempt to describe and analyze abstract wholes without having investigated concrete parts.’” — William L. Van DeBurg, Journal of American History

“The best of cultural history, historical ethnography, folklore and folklife, and American studies come together.…Joyner re-creates in careful and vivid detail the daily life of the slaves — what they wore and ate, how they celebrated and mourned, the culture they created. And this he does in an eloquent manner, through his graceful style of writing.” — Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University

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About the Author

Charles W. Joyner earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Folk Song in South Carolina and has published and lectured widely here and abroad on many aspects of southern culture. He is also involved in the production of historical documentaries for television.

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