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Beyond the Fields: Slavery at Middleton Place

Beyond the Fields: Slavery at Middleton Place

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In 2005 the Middleton Place Foundation opened a permanent exhibit, Beyond the Fields: Slavery at Middleton Place. Representing more than three decades of research by staff and volunteers, the exhibit tells the story of Africans and African Americans associated with the Middleton family and their plantations.

This eponymous companion volume to this exhibit vividly illustrates the realities of plantation slavery at Middleton Place through insightful text by authors Barbara Doyle, Mary Edna Sullivan, and Tracey Todd, and through more than eighty color and black-and-white images. The book, like its parent exhibit, commemorates and documents the lives, families, and contributions of some seven generations of Middleton slaves. By identifying more than 2,800 individuals owned by the Middleton family from 1738 to 1865 and by connecting many of them with their extended family units, Beyond the Fields solidifies their story in a tangible historical context. This pioneering work on the part of the Middleton Place Foundation makes it possible to present the once overlooked history of these slaves and freedmen from the early eighteenth century through emancipation and into the twentieth century.

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press, 1st edition
(January 21, 2008)

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