Carolina Gold Rice: The Ebb and Flow History of a Lowcountry Cash Crop

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Carolina Gold, the celebrated variety of rice established in the South Carolina Lowcountry, perhaps saved the fledgling colony at the beginning of the eighteenth century and remained integral to the local economy for nearly two hundred years. However, the labor required to produce it encouraged the establishment of slavery, ultimately contributing to the region’s economic collapse following the Civil War. Richard Schulze, who reintroduced this crop in South Carolina after nearly a century’s absence, provides this fascinating inside story of an industry that helped build some of the largest fortunes in America. Drawing on both historical research and personal experience, Schulze reveals the legacy of this once-forgotten Lowcountry icon. With interest in Carolina Rice at an all-time high, please consider a review or a feature story with the author of Carolina Gold Rice.
ISBN: 9781596290945
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: American Palate
Images: 12
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 5 (w) x 7 (h)
“His roots are Texan and he lives large with plantations, hunting trips and safaris, vintage roadsters and the speedboat. But Dick Schulze has also practiced with precision and skill the delicate operations of eye surgery for thirty years. He has made such an impact on my own stomping grounds, the fabled Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia, that I can’t think of him as anything other than a Sandlapper—one of us. [This] book is […] the tale of a gentleman farmer, a sportsman who claims to be in the midst of “retiring.” I’m reminded of George Washington in his latter years at Mount Vernon, when he dove into various experiments in farming, manufacturing and commerce. Both traditionalists, Schulze and Washington knew that perhaps the best way to preserve a culture is to do something new with it. To begin again. I’ve been telling Dick Schulze’s story for years. Now it’s his turn.” -John Martin Taylor of Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking
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