By Virginia Christian Beach
Winner of the 2014 Gold IPPY Award!
Rice & Ducks records the history of the South Carolina rice lands, a landscape that stretches all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah. It is based on a wealth of personal interviews, letters, family papers, plantation and game journals, and other primary source materials. It also draws from experts and scholars in the fields of rice cultivation and plantation history, African-American studies, wetland and waterfowl biology, and wildlife and habitat conservation.
It is a story full of interesting and memorable characters, and unlikely allies. They include English Lords Proprietors, southern plantation owners and slaves, northern industrialists, powerful U.S. Senators, daring scientists, media magnates, Trappist monks, and Wall Street financiers.
Rice & Ducks is a beautiful full-color, coffee table book generously illustrated with archival and modern photography, as well as maps, drawings and paintings from both public and private collections.
All proceeds will go toward protection of the northern breeding grounds and protection of migratory bird habitat in the Carolina Lowcountry – a fitting tribute to the legacy of the landowners and conservationists who are the subject of RICE & DUCKS.
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Columbia Free Times – http://www.free-times.com/arts/carolina-couple-make-their-mark-in-conservation-091014
Garden & Gun – https://t.e2ma.net/message/uy6wp/6b1itq
Gibbe’s Museum Q&A – http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/gibbes_blog/?p=4536
RICE & DUCKS steering committee member Mike McShane (center) presents a collector’s edition of RICE & DUCKS to Ducks Unlimited President George Dunklin (right) and Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall (left) at the DU national headquarters in Memphis.