Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast
Why does the Georgia coast matter?
For three days in February 2016, symposium attendees shared how 5,000 years of people and cultures influenced, and were shaped by, Georgia’s 100 mile coastline of barrier islands and lowcountry. Ten leading history scholars presented original research on critical topics, revealing how the past has shaped the present and could affect the future.
In 2020 a virtual lecture series was created featuring six lectures about Georgia’s coast. Make any donation amount to the Ossabaw Island Foundation via this
Coastal Nature / Coastal Culture was a first-of-its-kind symposium. It built a much-needed bridge between the history of the American South and the booming field of environmental history.
Watch and listen to how changing landscapes on Georgia’s coastal plain reflect the interaction of different visions and cultures with the natural environment.
ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORIES OF THE GEORGIA COAST
Edited by Paul S. Sutter and Paul M. Pressly
“Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture is a collection of papers presented at the 2016 Ossabaw Foundation symposium, outlining the environmental history
of this island as well as others along the Georgia coast.
The region has a unique expanse of diverse human history that these papers explore, telling stories of inhabitants from the Native Americans and
Spanish missionaries to enslaved African Americans and vacationing northerners.
With modern conservation efforts underway along the Georgia coast, the stories suggest preservation of coastal culture is just as important as
preservation of coastal nature.” University of Georgia Press