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Full-Text Reading Room

Welcome to the Full-Text Reading Room, where you will find hours of full-text reading on South Carolina, Georgia and Florida history.

We invite you to explore the full-text books and articles here.

If you know of great full-text resources we should include here, please contact us!

Featured Reading

Florida History Online is a digital archive of textual and visual documents of Florida history produced by students and faculty at the University of North Florida.

Recommended at Florida History Online:

Rice Culture in British East Florida: an In-Depth Look at Plantation Industry in Colonial Florida

Black Floridians and the Civil War: The 21st, 33rd, and 34th United States Colored Infantry Regiments

We Recommend

Army Life in a Black Regiment

by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

During the Civil War, Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911) commanded the First South Carolina Volunteers (later the 33rd USCT), the first regiment of federal soldiers comprised of freed slaves. Higginson's narrative of camp and field is a vivid portrait of the men who served in the First South Carolina Volunteers. You may also download this book as an audio file in MP3, Ipod or Itunes format from Books Should Be Free.

History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1863-1865

by Luis Fenollosa Emilio

In January 1863 the Union War Department authorized the creation of "a special corps" composed of "persons of African descent"— the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Col. Robert Gould Shaw. Hundreds of free blacks enlisted. This book documents the entire history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, from recruitment in 1863 through to disbandment in 1865.

Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers

by Susie King Taylor

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848-1912) was the first African American army nurse. Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers is her account of her experiences in the Port Royal encampment of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers.

South Carolina USCT

Borrowed Identity: A Case of Three USCT Regiments from South Carolina by John Raymond Gourdin

First to Fight: Black Civil War Soldiers from South Carolina by John Raymond Gourdin

South Carolina Slaveholders and Plantations

Historic Houses of South Carolina by Harriette Kershaw Leiding: A rich source of information about plantations and slaveholders

Ravenel Records: A History and Genealogy of the Huguenot Family of Ravenel, of South Carolina by Henry Edmund Ravenel

Chronicles of Chicora Wood By Elizabeth Waties Allston Pringle


"I Am Sapelo" by Cornelia Walker Bailey: Reflections on tradition and change on Sapelo Island, GA

Negro Myths From the Georgia Coast, Told in the Vernacular by Charles Colcock Jones

Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Jones Family Papers from the Georgia Historical Society

Checklist of Eighteenth Century Manuscripts in the Georgia Historical Society from the Georgia Historical Society

The Dead Towns of Georgia by Charles Colcock Jones a great resource for early settlements and plantations in Georgia

Early History of the Creek Indians and Their Neighbors by John Reed Swanton

Georgia: Pierce Butler and the Weeping Time Sale

What Became of Slaves on a Georgia Plantation? Great Auction Sale of Slaves, at Savannah Georgia, March 2d and 3d, 1859 by M. Thomson

Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Frances Anne Kemble

Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War by Frances Butler Leigh

Florida History

Slavery and White Servitude in East Florida, 1726-1776 by Wilbur H. Siebert

Slavery in East Florida, 1776-1785 by Wilbur H. Siebert

Rice Culture in British East Florida: an in-depth look at plantation industry in Colonial Florida

Zephaniah Kingsley, Noncomformist (1765-1843) by Phillip S. May

The Free Negro in Florida Before the Civil War by Russell Garvin

Black Floridians and the Civil War: The 21st, 33rd, and 34th United States Colored Infantry Regiments

Marriage Licenses of Volusia County, Florida with name index

Florida: Black Seminoles

Blacks and the Seminole Removal Debate, 1821-1835 by George Klos

The Seminole Negroes of Andros Island, Bahamas by John Goggin

Notes on Seminole Negroes in the Bahamas by Kenneth W. Porter

Black Seminoles, Maroons and Freedom Seekers in Florida by Toni Carrier

Featured Full-Text Archive: Internet Archive

Internet Archive offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996, Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.

Sample Titles from Internet Archive:

The Calhoun family of South Carolina by A.S. Salley

The Hugers of South Carolina by Thomas Tileston Wells

Featured Full-Text Archive: PALMM

Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM) is a cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. There you will find hours of full-text reading on all aspects of Florida history and culture, as well as photographs, aerial images, Sanborn maps, and historic world maps.

This immense collection will allow you to explore Florida history in-depth.

Sample Title from the PALMM Collection:

Race and Civil War in Florida by Irvin D. Solomon and Grace Erhart

Featured Full-Text Archive: DocSouth

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.

Currently DocSouth includes ten thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

Sample Titles from DocSouth:

The Church in the Southern Black Community

Census of the City of Charleston, South Carolina, for the Year 1861. Illustrated by Statistical Tables. Prepared under the Authority of the City Council by Frederick A. Ford.

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