James Tuten, creator and site owner of RiceKingdom.com
Jim is a native of the South Carolina Lowcountry where he worked as a day laborer on Hobonny Plantation. Today he is an Associate Professor of History at Juniata College.
His research has primarily focused on rice culture in on the Atlantic Coast from the Civil War until the industry collapsed in the 1920s. In addition, he has published on southern planters’ affinity for Madeira wine, and on poor relief in Alabama prior to the New Deal. Jim has contributed book reviews and encyclopedia entries to a range of publications. His editorials have appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Christian Science Monitor, the Providence Journal (RI), Inside Higher Ed, and the Altoona Mirror. Professor Tuten is the founder of an H-Net discussion list on the history and culture of South Carolina, H-SC. From 2000-2006 he served as Juniata's Assistant Provost.
He earned his PhD from Emory University in 2003 and an MA from Wake Forest University. He earned his BA in History and Fine Arts from the College of Charleston.
Jim would love to hear your feedback. You can email him with any questions or comments.
Jim blogs at: http://jim2-10.blogspot.com/.
Elizabeth Donovan is a junior Computer Science and Environmental Science major at Juniata College. In spring of 2009, Elizabeth began working with Dr. Tuten to create a GIS map showing post-bellum rice plantations. Elizabeth has continued to expand the project by researching the history of these plantations, and has helped to design and develop ricekingdom.com.
Elizabeth can be contacted with technical questions here.
Amy Hunt is a student in the class of 2012 at Juniata College, majoring in History with a minor in Anthropology. She grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and never in her life thought she'd read so much about South Carolina rice plantations.
We would like to thank Rick Stutz, Earl Rogers, Nick McBride, and Dr. Dennis Johnson for contributing their time and expertise to the development of ricekingdom.com. We would also like to thank the following organizations for kindly granting us permission to use their photos to enhance our rice plantations map: Georgetown Historical Society, The National Register of Historic Places, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and the South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia.