Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower

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The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower. Edited by Buddy Sullivan. (Athens, Ga., and London: University of Georgia Press, c. 2010. Pp. [xiv], 157. $39.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-3560-5.) This reprint of the 1997 edition includes a new preface. John Girardeau Legare prized his journal, believing "that an account of the events that have transpired during my lifetime will be of interest to my children and perhaps to others also" (p. 25). He was right. Readers see the town of Darien, Georgia, and its surrounding rice fields through the eyes of a bustling entrepreneur, church lay leader, and town official. Legate recorded his firsthand experiences with the slow decline of rice culture and the dashed hopes that railroads and timber would salvage the local economy. He documented hurricanes, floods, and frequent fires that devastated his community; labor troubles; Presbyterian church politics; town politicians; the legal justice system; and many deaths, illnesses, and accidents that befell those he knew. …

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