Shadows over Sunnyside


An Arkansas Plantation in Transition, 1830-1945
Edited by Jeannie M. Whayne
180 pages, 6 x 9
978-1-55728-417-4 (paper)
December 1995


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This remarkable collection of essays addresses social, historical, cultural, and labor issues as they affect a Southern plantation. The heart of the book is an examination of a “great experiment” to import Italian laborers to Sunnyside Plantation. From the crucible of tensions that this experiment produced, the reader obtains a concrete understanding of the implications of U.S. immigration policy, of changing labor relations following Reconstruction, and of a minority culture’s introduction into the Delta.

Jeannie M. Whayne is professor of history at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of Arkansas: A Narrative History, and editor of A Whole Country in Commotion and Arkansas Biography.

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