The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina

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The captivating, colorful, and controversial history of South Carolina continues to warrant fresh explorations. In this sweeping story of defining episodes in the state's history, accomplished historians Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole trace the importance of race relations, historical memory, and cultural life in the progress of the Palmetto State from its colonial inception to the present day.
In the discussion of contemporary South Carolina that makes up the majority of this ...
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Overview


The captivating, colorful, and controversial history of South Carolina continues to warrant fresh explorations. In this sweeping story of defining episodes in the state's history, accomplished historians Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole trace the importance of race relations, historical memory, and cultural life in the progress of the Palmetto State from its colonial inception to the present day.
In the discussion of contemporary South Carolina that makes up the majority of this volume, the authors 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. This volume speaks directly to the connections between the state's past, present, and future, and it serves as a valuable point of entrance for new inquiries into South Carolina'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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611171389
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,481,634
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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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