True Places

Author: Stanley F. Lanzano
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 1611172667
Format: PDF, Kindle
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True Places is an emotionally charged photographic documentary of the lives of evangelical pastor Floyd Knowlin and his close-knit African American congregations who live, work, and worship in a rural stretch of coastal South Carolina. For more than a decade photographer Stanley F. Lanzano has immersed himself in the daily practices of this community in Williamsburg and Georgetown counties, befriending Reverend Knowlin and becoming a welcomed part of his extended church family. The respectful relationship that Lanzano has forged with his subjects and the trust that they have extended to him shines through in the eighty-three black-and-white and eight color photographs included here, illustrating a vibrant coastal subculture rarely witnessed by outsiders. Many of Lanzano's photographs document services and church revivals, conveying the great joy, sorrow, and fervor of these meetings while highlighting Knowlin's captivating persona. Lanzano also grants us glimpses into baptisms in the murky, still waters of lowcountry South Carolina rivers. Beyond the church he takes us into the private homes and lives of Knowlin's flock, many of whom are of Gullah descent and keep elements of this heritage alive in their daily practices. Collectively these images show a society in transition, where pain and grief are juxtaposed with redemption and bliss. Lanzano's narrative of his meeting Reverend Knowlin and his continuing relationship with Knowlin's community is a tale of self-discovery. It is also a testament to the power of faith in the lives of often forgotten South Carolinians. It is a rarity for a photographer to be granted such unlimited access into these communities. Through these images Lanzano creates with the utmost reverence and respect a powerful record of the hardships and hopes he witnessed among Knowlin's congregations to preserve their legacy and to share their inspirational attitude toward life in these true places.

Opening of the Civil War

Author: Eugene M. Wait
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781560727408
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Opening of the Civil War is a complete account of the division of the Union from Lincoln's Election Day in November of 1860 to mid-June of 1861. Besides the various phases of secession, the main event centers around Fort Sumter. Lincoln is the main actor upon the stage, but Buchanan plays a prominent role in the proceedings as well. Lee and McClellan are also highlighted. This is the only book that covers this crucial period in such detail. Little used sources paint an exciting story of a march toward Bull Run and other major battles. Details of early encounters are described along with the lives of many generals in a true historical drama in this factual history.