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An Arkansas Planter   By: (1852-1939)

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An Arkansas Planter by Opie Percival Read is a captivating novel that provides readers with a vivid portrayal of life in the American South during the mid-19th century. Set in rural Arkansas, the story revolves around Nathan Boyd, a successful planter who becomes embroiled in a complex web of personal and societal challenges.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is Read's impeccable attention to detail. His descriptive prose skillfully transports readers to the era, allowing them to experience the sights, sounds, and even the smells of life in the antebellum South. From the sprawling cotton fields to the opulent plantation houses, every scene is meticulously crafted, immersing the reader in the vibrant world of the Arkansas planter.

Nathan Boyd, the protagonist, is a multifaceted character struggling to reconcile his personal desires with the expectations placed upon him by society. As a planter, he must navigate the complexities of managing his plantation, ensuring his slaves are well cared for, and dealing with the turbulent politics of the time. Moreover, Nathan's internal conflicts add depth to his character, making him relatable and compelling.

The portrayal of slavery in the novel is both sensitive and thought-provoking. Read delves into the moral dilemmas faced by both the enslaved individuals and slave owners, creating a nuanced exploration of the institution. While some characters fiercely defend their right to own slaves, others, like Nathan, question the morality of such practices, stirring debates on human rights and the definition of freedom.

The pacing of the narrative is steady, with well-timed peaks of suspense and moments of quiet introspection. Read effortlessly weaves together multiple storylines, including romantic relationships, political tensions, and familial dramas, creating a rich tapestry of interconnected lives. The story's twists and turns keep the reader fully engaged, eagerly turning the pages to uncover the fate of the characters.

If there is one aspect of this novel that stands out, it is the author's ability to capture the spirit of the era and explore its complexities without judgment. Read presents a balanced depiction of a tumultuous time in American history, allowing readers to form their own opinions about the characters and their choices. This approach adds depth to the narrative and encourages thoughtful reflection long after the final page is turned.

In conclusion, An Arkansas Planter by Opie Percival Read is a masterfully written historical novel that transports readers to the antebellum South. Through its vivid descriptions, compelling characters, and nuanced exploration of slavery, this book endeavors to educate and provoke reflection. Ultimately, Read's portrayal of personal struggles, societal pressures, and the ever-changing political landscape is a testament to his skill as a storyteller. This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in American history and the human experience.

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An Arkansas Planter




"A Yankee from the West," "The Waters of Caney Fork," "Mrs. Annie Green," "Up Terrapin River."




Lying along the Arkansas River, a few miles below Little Rock, there is a broad strip of country that was once the domain of a lordly race of men. They were not lordly in the sense of conquest; no rusting armor hung upon their walls; no ancient blood stains blotched their stairways there were no skeletons in dungeons deep beneath the banquet hall. But in their own opinion they were just as great as if they had possessed these gracious marks of medieval distinction. Their country was comparatively new, but their fathers came mostly from Virginia and their whisky came wholly from Kentucky. Their cotton brought a high price in the Liverpool market, their daughters were celebrated for beauty, and their sons could hold their own with the poker players that traveled up and down the Mississippi River. The slave trade had been abolished, and, therefore, what remained of slavery was right; and in proof of it the pulpit contributed its argument. Negro preachers with wives scattered throughout the community urged their fellow bondsmen to drop upon their knees and thank God for the privilege of following a mule in a Christian land... Continue reading book >>

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