Southampton County

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In 1734, land between the Blackwater and Meherrin Rivers was named Nottoway Parish after the small communities of Native Americans found there, and soon thereafter it was settled as Southampton County. Over time, the county had seven disparate townships later linked by a railroad. Like many Southern counties, Southampton's populace was comprised of Native Americans, whites, free blacks, and slaves existing in a predominantly cotton and peanut plantation economy. The devastation of the cotton crop in 1818, the ill fated two-day slave insurrection led by Nat Turner, and its equally bloody aftermath in 1831 were critical shapers of Southampton's social and economic culture. Its insurrectionist past and subsequent affect on U.S. domestic policy are the principal reasons the county has been extensively documented. This book is the first pictorial history that gives equal attention to the county's diversity from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries.
ISBN: 9780738568072
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 183
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
From family albums, libraries, and archives, Terry Miller gathered more than 180 photographs to tell the stories of ordinary people living through a difficult communal past. A native Texan, Miller is a writer and photographer living in southeastern Virginia. Specializing in history and politics, she is the author of several books, most recently Images of America: African Americans of Spotsylvania County.
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