Major Butler's Legacy

Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family

Title Details

Pages: 704

Illustrations: 57 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.120in x 9.250in



Pub Date: 12/09/2004

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2395-4

List Price: $38.95

Major Butler's Legacy

Five Generations of a Slaveholding Family

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  • Description
Master of vast rice and cotton plantations in South Carolina and Georgia, delegate to the Constitutional Convention, Major Pierce Butler bequeathed his family and nation a legacy of slavery—an inheritance of immense wealth sown with the seeds of Civil War. In Major Butler's Legacy, Malcolm Bell charts the unfolding of the Butler patrimony, an epic story that reaches from the eve of the Revolution to the first decades of this century and includes in its course such figures as George Washington, Aaron Burr, Fanny Kemble, William Tecumseh Sherman, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Wister.

About the Author/Editor

MALCOLM BELL JR. spent eight eight years researching and writing Major Butler's Legacy on retiring as president and chairman of a Savannah bank. He has published articles and books on Savannah and Georgia history, and with his wife Muriel made the photographs for Drums and Shadows, a Georgia Writers' Project publication reissued by the University of Georgia Press in 1986.