|About the Book|
Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater: A New Revised Edition represents a complete recasting of a book issued under the same title by the author in 1990, and reprinted five times since, each time with new material. Buddy Sullivan is a leading coastal... MoreEarly Days on the Georgia Tidewater: A New Revised Edition represents a complete recasting of a book issued under the same title by the author in 1990, and reprinted five times since, each time with new material. Buddy Sullivan is a leading coastal Georgia historian and lecturer with 20 titles to his credit, including Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island (2017) and the ecologically-focused Environmental Influences on Life & Labor in McIntosh County, Georgia (2018). This new version of Early Days incorporates into a single narrative all of the material in the original version of the book, in addition to considerable new information based on the authors more recent historical research. Additionally, the new Early Days has been reformatted with improved chapter sequence and content to provide a smoother, more continuous, narrative flow. In essence, the revised edition is a completely new book that will be of improved utility to researchers, students, and the general reader. Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater is a comprehensive history of Sapelo Island, Darien and McIntosh County, Georgia. It covers the full scope of local history: early settlement by Guale Indians, Spanish missionaries and English colonists- the prosperous rice and cotton economy of the region during the antebellum plantation era—built on the labors of enslaved people- Civil War events, including the controversial burning of Darien- the timber industry, and associated international shipping activity that made Darien a leading center for the export of pine lumber- and the impact of millionaires, scientists and resident African Americans on the 20th century history of Sapelo Island. The revised edition of Early Days tells the story of the areas Geechee settlements of Sapelo, Harris Neck and Darien in the years from the end of the Civil War to the 20th century. The authors thematic approach to Early Days is that of establishing the important connection between the ecology of the area with its history. This recurring theme will be apparent throughout the book, particularly in the analysis of just how people utilized the environmental circumstances so unique to their region and adapted them to virtually every aspect of their lives and livelihood for 300 years. Early Days is thus a story of land use and how ecological conditions affected the economic development of the region. Of equal significance is the use people have made of the local tidal waterways and fresh-water river systems, another thematic approach that gives Early Days a distinctly maritime flavor.