Poquosin

Poquosin : A Study of Rural Landscape and Society

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Jack Temple Kirby charts the history of the low country between the James River in Virginia and Albemarle Sound in North Carolina. The Algonquian word for this country, which means 'swamp-on-a-hill,' was transliterated as 'poquosin' by seventeenth-century English settlers. Interweaving social, political, economic, and military history with the story of the landscape, Kirby shows how Native American, African, and European peoples have adapted to and modified this Tidewater area in the nearly four hundred years since the arrival of Europeans. Kirby argues that European settlement created a lasting division of the region into two distinct zones often in conflict with each other: the cosmopolitan coastal area, open to markets, wealth, and power because of its proximity to navigable rivers and sounds, and a more isolated hinterland, whose people and their way of life were gradually--and grudgingly--subjugated by railroads, canals, and war. Kirby's wide-ranging analysis of the evolving interaction between humans and the landscape offers a unique perspective on familiar historical subjects, including slavery, Nat Turner's rebellion, the Civil War, agricultural modernization, and urbanization.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 22.1mm | 517.1g
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 41 illustrations, 9 maps, notes, index
  • 0807845272
  • 9780807845271

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In this unique work, Jack Temple Kirby charts the history of the low country between the James River in Virginia and Albemarle Sound in North Carolina.
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Jack Kirby has written a beautiful, enjoyable, and valuable study about a little-known part of America."Journal of American History" A thoroughly referenced, entertaining, and thought-provoking work."Choice" "Jack Kirby has written a beautiful, enjoyable, and valuable study about a little-known part of America."Journal of American History"" This is ecological history with verve. . . . A human geography of a complex region."Agricultural History" "A thoroughly referenced, entertaining, and thought-provoking work."Choice"" A charming book that fuses scholarship to art."Journal of Southern History" Intriguing and highly readable."American Historical Review"
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About Jack Temple Kirby

Jack Temple Kirby is W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University and editor of the series Studies in Rural Culture. His books include Media-Made Dixie: The South in the American Imagination and Rural Worlds Lost: The American South, 1920-1960.
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