Mining for Southern Imprints
The Inexhaustible Mine: Ever Producing Yet Never Spent. Charleston, S.C.: Southern Baptist Publication Society, 1859.
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Children’s books published only in the South before the Civil War are extremely rare; the Southern Baptist Publication Society was active ca. 1850-1860, when regional tensions between north and south reached a fever pitch. Not only was this book issued from Charleston, but it was also sold in Macon, Georgia, Richmond, Virginia, Selma, Alabama, and Anderson, Texas. Ironically, this temperance novel is set in New England.