South Carolina: A History
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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Walter B. Edgar quite problematically breezes over the hardships and realities of transatlantic slavery that ultimately established South Carolina as a thriving colony. His chapter "More Like Negro Country" subdues the violent, unfathomable experiences slaves endured, and by doing so, disrespects the millions who perished in the slave trade. This dated text requires a serious critical review from a postcolonial perspective, and for those interested in a more truthful history of America's south or the United States more broadly, I would instead turn to Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."
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!
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