Winner of the gold medal for Best Southeastern Non-Fiction Title in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards and finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Reed Environmental Writing Award!
Rice & Ducks records the history of the South Carolina rice lands, a landscape that stretches all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah. It is based on a wealth of personal interviews, letters, family papers, plantation and game journals, and other primary source materials. It also draws from experts and scholars in the fields of rice cultivation and plantation history, African-American studies, wetland and waterfowl biology, and wildlife and habitat conservation.
It is a story full of interesting and memorable characters, and unlikely allies. They include English Lords Proprietors, southern plantation owners and slaves, northern industrialists, powerful U.S. Senators, daring scientists, media magnates, Trappist monks, and Wall Street financiers.
Rice & Ducks is a beautiful full-color, coffee table book generously illustrated with archival and modern photography, as well as maps, drawings and paintings from both public and private collections.