Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation by Fanny Kemble
Frances Anne Kemble, (1809-1893) referred to as Fanny, was a famous British actress and author in the early to mid-nineteenth century. She retired from the stage in 1834 to marry Pierce Butler, grandson of the Founding Father, Pierce Butler. He had inherited his grandfather's sea island plantations and the several hundred enslaved people who worked them in Georgia, where Fanny accompanied him during the winter of 1838-39. Fanny was shocked by the conditions of the slaves and their treatment. She eventually left the plantations and divorced Butler in 1849. In 1863, Fanny published an account of her plantation experience.
This thought-provoking book sheds light and provides an appreciation of the racial tensions we experience today.
The MARC Virtual Book Club offers members a unique way for fellowship during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
August 26th was the first meeting of the MARC Virtual Book Club. Members read Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile. Each month members select a fiction or non-fiction title and meet the following month.