Author of Black Majority: Race, Rice, and Rebellion in South Carolina Peter H. Wood in conversation with Herb Frazier
Presented by Buxton Books

Wed, Apr 10 at 6pm

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Buxton Books is proud to present Peter H. Wood to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Edition of Black Majority: Race, Rice, and Rebellion in South Carolina. Peter will be joined in conversation by journalist and author Herb Frazier. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 10 as we welcome author Peter H. Wood to the bookstore for a night celebrating the 50th Anniversary Edition of his seminal work, Black Majority: Race, Rice, and Rebellion in South Carolina, which now includes a foreword by National Book Award winner Imani Perry and a new epilogue.

Peter will be in conversation with journalist and author Herb Frazier, discussing the lasting impact of Black Majority and the history within it that remains as important and relevant today as it was in 1974 when the book was first released. After the conversation, we'll open the floor for an audience Q&A and book signing. 

We can't wait to host Peter and Herb in the bookstore, and hope to see you there to help us honor this impressive milestone for Black Majority.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm.

About Black Majority: Race, Rice, and Rebellion in South Carolina

Peter H. Wood’s groundbreaking history of Blacks in colonial South Carolina, with a new foreword by National Book Award winner Imani Perry.

First published in 1974, Black Majority marked a breakthrough in our understanding of early American history. Today, Wood’s insightful study remains more relevant and enlightening than ever. This landmark book chronicles the crucial formative years of North America’s wealthiest and most tormented British colony. It explores how West African familiarity with rice determined the Lowcountry economy and how a skilled but enslaved labor force formed its own distinctive language and culture. While African American history often focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Black Majority underscores the significant role early African arrivals played in shaping the direction of American history.

This revised and updated fiftieth anniversary edition challenges a fresh generation with provocative history and features a new epilogue by the author.

About Peter H. Wood:

Peter H. Wood (Duke University), coauthor of Created Equal and Powhatan's Mantle, has received the American Historical Association's Distinguished Teaching Award. His books include Strange New Land and Near Andersonville.

About Herb Frazier:

Herb Frazier is a Charleston, South Carolina-based writer. He is senior projects editor at the Charleston City Paper. He has published four books. He is the author of Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories, co-author of We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel with Marjory Wentworth and Dr. Bernard Powers Jr., and co-editor of Ukweli: (pronounced – you  ̶  quail – lee) Searching for Healing Truth, South Carolina Writers and Poets Explore American Racism with the late Horace Mungin. Frazier’s most recent book, Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprint of Slavery, was co-written with Joseph McGill Jr., founder of the Slave Dwelling Project. His forthcoming book, Crossing the Sea on a Sacred Song, is the story of an African funeral song that links a Georgia family with a woman in Sierra Leone.

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