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Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, a Southern Slaveholder Paperback – October 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157003222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570032226
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

These previously unpublished diaries of Hammond, an antebellum parvenu South Carolina politician, planter and staunch advocate of an independent South who served as U.S. senator and governor of South Carolina, provide a startlingly candid insight into a brilliant but ruthlessly ambitious, tyrannical man who was also a keen observer and critic of the Old South and its plantation aristocracy. Hammond's uncontrolled sensuality, which he indulged with his slaves and his own nieces, caused not only estrangement from his wife but proved politically self-destructive. In his journals, skillfully edited by Bleser ( The Hammonds of Redcliffe ), this admittedly frustrated novelist gave vent to his anger, dreams and self-pity, comparing himself to Sisyphus and blaming everyone including God for his failures. Also vividly portrayed are the suffering and disruption of plantation life during the Civil War and Hammond's growing despair at his own decadence and the defeat of his beloved South.
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These remarkable diaries, covering the years 1841-62, rank among the most intriguing, revealing, and infuriating personal accounts to come out of the South. Hammond, whom Louis Rubin has likened to Faulkner's Thomas Sutpen in Absalom, Absalom!, emerges more as William Byrd II, of Westover, perhaps the greatest Southern diarist, in that Hammond and Byrd hardly disguised their narcissism and self-indulgence. Hammond is aggressively acquisitive, sexually overactive, and rabidly pro-slavery and secessionist. No short review can suggest the richness of these diaries. Essential reading for anyone who hopes to plumb the mind and soul (or soullessness) of the planter class. Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Dexter on September 12, 2010
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Secret and Sacred gives an eye-opening glimpse into mid-nineteenth century South Carolina power and politics. And who better to lead the bizarre journey than wealthy planter-class James Henry Hammond? The one-time US Senator and SC Governor lets us look into his skewed view of morality, slavery, nullification and the all important states rights issues which plunged this country into its darkest hours of Civil War.
Hammond's thought process is driven by greed, revenge and an exceedingly over-developed sex drive. After having been caught in an ongoing sexual triste with famous Gen. Wade Hampton's 3 under aged daughters, he incredulously manages to justify his actions and demonize the young girls! His own wife leaves Hammond after he refuses to give up his slave mistress. He eventually dumps his slave mistress to take up with her 12 year-old daughter as his new mistress!
Complaining incessantly in the pages of his diary, he sees his own death and demise as often as the sun rises. It is quite amazing that this diary had not been seriously edited down by subsequent generations of Hammonds in an effort to restore some inkling of reputation. It is what it is, an incredibly candid and private look inside the life and logic of a southern statesman. At times, Hammond loses me in all of his explanations on his nullification stance, but just as quickly, lures me back in by his next rant or rave. Today, he could not hide behind his class and would be vilified in spite of his power and money. In today's world, this type of personality and resulting actions go hand in hand with serious drug abuse.
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Reading someone's diary is always a bit troubling. Did the writer intend for it to be read and shift his view accordingly? Reading James Henry Hammond's dairy one is left wondering. One of the brightest men of the Old South, Hammond was a leading planter, intellectual and political leader. He is not representative of the Old South by any means and was certainly not born to the aristocracy. Hammond always seemed to be on stage of some sort, if even in his own mind. The diary of James Henry Hammond was his solace during his political exile and it gave him company that few others (certainly not his wife and children) could provide. Besides keeping up with the political gossip, Hammond also records the rather lurid details of his private life: sexual advances on his 4 young nieces as well as relationships with his slaves. This is an insightful and fascinating diary though it lacks the charm of Mary Chestnut's accounts, the humor of William Byrd's or even the throughness of Edmund Ruffin's various journals. Hammond's diary offers us a look into an intelligent and able man whose complete lack of self control and his ambitions turned him into an immoral monster.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barrie W. Bracken on October 8, 2007
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THIS WONDERFUL BOOK GIVES THE READER A GOOD LOOK AT THE WORKINGS OF THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH AND ITS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIFE. AS GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA WE SEE HAMMOND ADVISING HIS MASSACHUESETTS FRIEND IN CHARLSESTON FOR FACT FINDING TO LEAVE THE STATE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THE GOV. IS UNABLE TO PROTECT HIS LIFE IF HE REMAINS. HAMMOND COMPLAINS THAT HIS WIFE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH A SLAVE IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND HIS SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH HER TWELVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. WE SEE THE SELF-JUSTIFICATION OF THIS MORAL, CHRISTIAN MAN WHO SUPPORTS ENSLAVEMENT OF THE INFERIOR RACE.
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