Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Past

Voices from St Simons Personal Narratives of an Island s Past Mile for mile St Simons Island one of Georgia s Golden Isles boasts as much history as any community on the East Coast Originally an Indian hunting ground it has been occupied or invaded by Spanish

  • Title: Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Past
  • Author: Stephen Doster
  • ISBN: 9780895873576
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Past

    Mile for mile, St Simons Island one of Georgia s Golden Isles boasts as much history as any community on the East Coast Originally an Indian hunting ground, it has been occupied or invaded by Spanish missionaries, British settlers, planters and their slaves, the Union army, the United States Navy, and developers and tourists The seventeen narratives in Voices from St.Mile for mile, St Simons Island one of Georgia s Golden Isles boasts as much history as any community on the East Coast Originally an Indian hunting ground, it has been occupied or invaded by Spanish missionaries, British settlers, planters and their slaves, the Union army, the United States Navy, and developers and tourists The seventeen narratives in Voices from St Simons represent an oral archaeological dig, writes editor Stephen Doster Many of those interviewed are descendants of masters and slaves Surprisingly, they speak of racial issues with greater compassion than bitterness But the volume encompasses much than that Here, the people of the Golden Isles recall waving farewell to Paul Redfern when his airplane took off from a sandy beach on his ill fated attempt to outdo Charles Lindbergh They describe jumping into a fast boat and riding to the rescue of merchant sailors torpedoed by a German U boat They tell of playing childhood sports and dominating the competition alongside future NFL legend Jim Brown, who was raised on St Simons They remember piloting the ship that, due to a helmsman s error, hit the Sidney Lanier Bridge, causing one of the worst such disasters in American history In some respects, the narratives reveal a plot of ground that time forgot, Doster writes They present the reflections of a cross section of ordinary people who lived during extraordinary times.

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    One thought on “Voices from St. Simons: Personal Narratives of an Island's Past

    1. Jeanie Loiacono

      amazon/Voices-St-SimonIn an effort to preserve some of the island's heritage, Voices from St. Simons records interviews with 17 people whose connection to the island stretches back generations. Five of the people interviewed are direct descendants of well-known planters who owned large plantations in and around St. Simons. Six of the interviewees are direct descendants of slaves, many of whom lived and worked on those same plantations.

    2. Dale

      Very informative book on St. Simons Island, Georgia. I enjoyed learning how certain places on the island got their names and what used to be before the current layout of the island. There is more history to this island than one would have expected. Any one who reads this book is sure to want to visit.

    3. Charlene

      Great book for anyone living on the Island or who visits here. Lots of history told by those who've lived here and know it's past. Very well done.

    4. Linda

      Interesting if you've spent time on St. Simons Island. I would only recommend it to Islanders and Island visitors.

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