The Heyward Brothers | Walter Edgar's Journal

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In this segment, Walter Edgar discusses the Heyward Brothers, and their method of digging “rice dikes” for growing rice. The Heyward Brothers are seen as the pioneers of the tidal cultivation in South Carolina.  Building and maintaining the rice dikes was grueling work, and Dr. Coclanis mentions that both Irish and African-American slaves worked in the rice dikes.  With this system of rice dikes and immigrant workers, the export of rice rapidly grew in popularity.