"A compelling and engaging depiction of the flavor and complexity of lowcountry life."
—William and Mary Quarterly
"Lockley strengthens our growing understanding of how African American slaves and nonslaveholding whites interacted in the antebellum South. . . . This intriguing work highlights routine contacts between poor whites and slaves that blurred racial lines. . . . Lockley has mined a trove of manuscript collections and newspapers to document a range of subtle cross-racial interactions."
"Lockley’s work is well organized, an easy read. . . . His analysis of low country records is especially helpful to Georgia historians."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Impressively researched and eminently readable . . . an important addition to the historiography of nonslaveholding yeomen in the antebellum South . . . Lockley adeptly explores the complex relationships between nonslaveholders and slaves and how those interactions affected the white elite power brokers in society . . . Lockley's interpretations are astute and suitably circumspect. "
—Civil War History
"Makes clear that relations in a slave society were multi-faceted and ran in cross currents."
—Slavery and Abolition
"Required reading for serious students of the South."
"Successfully challenges misconceptions pertaining to race and class in pre-Civil War lowcountry Georgia."
—American Historical Review
Lockley has synthesized an impressive amount of material to create a rich social history that illuminates the lives of both blacks and whites. His abundant detail and clear narrative style make this first book-length examination of a complicated and overlooked topic both fascinating and accessible.
Read more about slavery in antebellum Georgia at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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