South Carolina: A History

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 1998 - History - 716 pages
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In the first comprehensive history of South Carolina published in nearly fifty years, Walter Edgar presents a sweeping narrative of a state with an illustrious, sometimes infamous, past. He describes in very human terms 475 years of recorded history in the Palmetto State, including the experiences of all South Carolinians - rich and poor; male and female; those with roots in Africa and in Europe as well as Native Americans. In an eminently readable presentation, Edgar uses letters, diaries, and other writings to let voices from the past take part in telling the state's fascinating story.
 

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This book is awesome! The style used is truly "historical" in the sense that it puts forth the facts without "emotional slants" or biases. The clear sequence in time enables a reader to proceed reading from where one finished last, with continuity. Each paragraph has a reference to identify the sources of the content of that paragraph; the number sequence for the references of each chapter begins with one. The maps, illustrations and tables give a visual dimension that enlivens the narrative. The three-pages of acknowledgements, by themselves, show the breadth and depth of Doctor Edgar's research, and, especially, his appreciation that creation of this momentous chronicle required the input and collaboration of many individuals, especially his unwavering, patient and inspiring wife! This comprehensive history enables one to understand and appreciate the present South Carolina with much more understanding! 

Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter Tw
21
Chapter Three
35
TABLES
50
Chapter Five
63
Chapter
82
Chapter Seven
109
Chapter Eight
131
Chapter Nineteen
430
Chapter Twenty
453
Chapter TwentyOne
483
Chapter TwentyTwo
512
Industrial sites 1950
535
Industrial sites 1970
536
1956 presidential election
548
1960 presidential election
549

Chapter Nine
155
Chapter
204
Chapter Eleven
226
Chapter Twelve
245
Chapter Thirteen
265
Chapter Fourteen
288
Chapter Fifteen
324
Chapter Sixteen
354
Chapter Seventeen
377
Chapter Eighteen
407
1964 presidential election
550
Chapter TwentyThree
553
1976 presidential election
564
1992 presidential election
565
1996 presidential election
566
Industrial sites 1990
580
Black population 1990
584
Notes
587
Selected Bibliography
681
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Walter Edgar has authored or edited nine books on the American South, including South Carolina: A History. He is the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

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