God's Children

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In 1937, after decades in the North, Archibald Rutledge returned to the "hyacinth days and camellia nights" of his native Carolina Lowcountry to restore his family home, Hampton Plantation. Originally published in 1947, these pages describe, in intimate and compelling detail, the plantation life he found upon his return. In the simple and lyrical language that has become the hallmark of the first poet laureate of South Carolina, Rutledge eloquently portrays the black men and women who labored alongside him in the marshes of the Santee. From his beloved companion Prince Alston to the master carpenter Lewis Colleton to Mobile "The Hunterman," who saved his infant from the talons of an eagle with a single musket shot, the people of the plantation come to life in the hands of this southern literary legend.
ISBN: 9781596296428
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Series: American Heritage
Images: 29
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Archibald Rutledge was raised on Hampton Plantation near McClellanville, SC. Growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Rutledge was early on immersed in the wildlife and woods of the region. While attending Union College in New York, he was editor of the school newspaper and class poet. For the next 37 years, he was the head of the English Department at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Living in Pennsylvania, Rutledge was widely published; in 1934 this prompted the Governor of SC to appoint him Poet Laureate. Upon retiring, he returned to Hampton Plantation to restore the buildings and reclaim the grounds from the wilderness that had largely claimed them. He spent the remainder of his life on Hampton Plantation, the denizens of which are the focus of God's Children. Rutledge died in 1973.
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