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Slavery, Disease, and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry

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Part I. Talk about Suffering: 1. Rhetoric and reality; 2. From paradise to hospital; 3. 'A scene of diseases'; 4. Wooden horse; 5. Revolutionary fever; 6. Stranger's disease; 7. 'A merciful provision of the creator'; Part II. Combating Pestilence: 8. 'I wish that I had studied physick'; 9. 'I know nothing of this disease'; 10. Providence, prudence, and patience; 11. Buying the smallpox; 12. Commerce, contagion, and cleanliness; 13. A migratory species; 14. Melancholy.

About the Author

Peter McCandless received his Ph.D. in Modern British and African History from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 and joined the history faculty of the College of Charleston that year. He received the college's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985 and was named a Governor's Distinguished Professor in 1998. He is the author of Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness: Insanity in South Carolina from the Colonial to the Progressive Eras (1996) and numerous journal articles.


'A compelling and meticulously researched account ... McCandless has made exceptional use of a wide variety of primary materials, including letters, personal papers, diaries, official documents, parish records, pamphlets, and newspapers, to reconstruct the impact of tropical diseases in the lowcountry ... This is a valuable and provocative study and will appeal to those interested in southern history as well as the history of medicine.' Shauna Devine, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences '... until now, few authors have been able to intertwine the economic, medical, and environmental threads so successfully. One recent exception who managed to set the bar high is William Dusinberre, author of ... Them Dark Days: Slavery in the American Rice Swamps ... McCandless has cleared that same bar with apparent ease. We can only hope that their impressive works inspire more such compelling interdisciplinary studies, for the Lowcountry and beyond.' Peter H. Wood, Southern Spaces 'McCandless nicely balances attention to rural plantations and their urban entrepot, demonstrating how the spector of yellow fever and other afflictions strained and recast Charlestonians' lifestyles, customs, and commercial aspirations.' Michael D. Thompson, The South Carolina Historical Magazine

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