The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina

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"As South Carolina enters into the fourth century of its storied existence, the state's captivating, colorful, and controversial history continues to warrant fresh explorations of the major themes and events that serve to chart its current course. In this sweeping story of defining episodes in the state's history, accomplished southern historians Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole trace the key importance of race relations, historical memory, and cultural life in the progress of the Palmetto State from its colonial inception to its present incarnation. The authors bring a strong emphasis on the modern era to their briskly paced narrative, which advances work begun by Bass in his germinal investigation Porgy Comes Home: South Carolina after Three Hundred Years to further our understanding of the state as it now exists." "Bass and Poole explore the centrality of race relations, both subtle and direct, in South Carolina's development from the first settlement of Charles Towne to the contemporary political and economic landscape. The tragic histories of slavery and segregation and the struggles to end each in its era have defined much of the state's legacy. The authors argue that conflicts over race continue to influence historical memory in the state, most especially in still-evolving memories of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. And they find throughout the state's history a strong role for religion in shaping reaction to changing circumstances. In the discussion of contemporary South Carolina that makes up the majority of this volume, the authors delineate the state's remarkable transformation in the mid-twentieth century through a dynamism fueled by the twin forces of continuityand change. Bass and Poole map the ways through which hard-won economic and civil rights advancements, a succession of progressive state leaders, and federal court mandates operated in tandem to bring a largely peaceful end to the Jim Crow era in South Carolina, in stark contrast to the violence wrought elsewhere in the South." It is a growing acceptance of the state's biracial common past and the heartfelt need to understand its significance on the present and future that has come to define South Carolina in recent decades. This volume speaks directly to those connections and serves as a valuable point of entrance for original inquiries into the state's diverse and complex heritage.
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Archaeologists tell us that the region was first inhabited as early as 13,000 BCE, but for most historians, the place that we call South Carolina began its slow drift toward modernity with the settling of Charles Towne in 1670. Since then, the residents of the Palmetto State have wrestled with problems in nearly every political, economic, and social arena. In this book, coauthors Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole approach the development of the state through the prisms of three constantly recurring themes: race and class relations; historical memory; and cultural life. Much of the book is devoted to discussion of South Carolina's significant transformation in recent times.
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"There have been many histories of our state, but I've never seen one that seems quite as thorough, concise, and fair-minded as The Palmetto State. . . . The authors cover it all: politics; the role of religion; popular culture, including jazz and the shag; the growth of our educational system; and the factors behind the dynamic economic development from agriculture to industry and tourism."--Hilton Head (S.C.) Island Packet

"The authors have written a book that will be of special interest to both the native-born and the recently arrived. It is carefully researched, frequently anecdotal, and an easy read."--Choice

"A volume such as The Palmetto State is long overdue. It is a lively read, full of interesting facts."--Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier

"Bold, diverse, succinct, informative, and relevant are fitting adjectives to describe the strengths of this significant book. . . . Bass and Poole's most significant contribution is demonstrating how the state's past shapes both its present and future."--South Carolina Historical Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570038143
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Bass is a professor emeritus of humanities and social sciences at the College of Charleston. He is the author or coauthor of seven other books about the American South.

W. Scott Poole is an associate professor of history at the College of Charleston. Poole is the author of six previous volumes on American history.

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Table of Contents

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1 The Beginning 1

2 The American Revolution 15

3 An Era of Decline 23

4 Civil War and Reconstruction 44

5 The Tillman Era 63

6 World Wars and the Depression 79

7 Civil Rights Era 86

8 Politics of Transition 103

9 A New Era Evolves 111

10 Popular Culture 138

11 The Republican Rise 146

12 Beyond the Bozart 158

13 The Changing Economy 177

14 Change and Continuity 195

A South Carolina Chronology 207

Notes 213

Index 223

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