"From Jekyll Island's beginnings as an Edenic wilderness through exploration, settlement, revolution, and Civil War, June Hall McCash provides a fascinating foundation for understanding the historical origins of this coastal paradise."
—James C. Cobb, Spalding Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia
"June McCash's panorama of Jekyll Island sweeps from prehistory through the nineteenth century, but with a clear focus on the individuals who forged its rich heritage. Each wave of people to come to the island—Native American villagers, planters and slaves, Civil War soldiers in gray and blue—left its mark on Jekyll. These many threads come together seamlessly in a fresh and insightful narrative. By deftly blending people and place, McCash captures the breadth and complexity of Jekyll's past."
"The writing style McCash utilizes in Jekyll Island's Early Years is quite readable and makes her topic material available to not only historians wanting to find out more about the island, but also to the general reader. . . . well researched and documented . . . McCash's Jekyll Island's Early Years is a solid piece of research on a rather obscure place within the larger framework of the American South."
"Penned by perhaps the preeminent authority on Jekyll Island, June Hall McCash's Jekyll Island Early Years fills a void in the historiography of Georgia. . . McCash's talents as a historian and writer shine. . . . McCash's work is an invigorating narrative, impressive in both scope and detail. It is an admirable prequel to her earlier studies of Jekyll Island and more than satisfies the need for a scholarly examination of the island's early years."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
Jekyll’s earliest identifiable inhabitants were the Timucua, a flourishing group of Native Americans who became extinct within two hundred years after their first contact with Europeans. Caught up in the New World contests among France, Spain, and England, the island eventually became part of a thriving English colony. In subsequent stories of Jekyll and its residents, the drama of our nation plays out in microcosm. The American Revolution, the War of 1812, the plantation era, and the Civil War brought change to the island, as did hurricanes and cotton farming. Personality conflicts and unsanctioned love affairs also had an impact, and McCash’s narrative is filled with the names of Jekyll’s powerful and often colorful families.
Read more about Jekyll Island at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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