Much has happened in South Carolina throughout its checkered history, and the myriad of significant events and fascinating repercussions surrounding them have been described by writers of every stripe for at least three hundred years. It Happened in South Carolina goes behind the scenes to tell its story, in short episodes that reveal the intriguing people and events that have shaped the Palmetto State.
Discover the escapades of "Gentleman Pirate" Stede Bonnet, who terrorized the coastline alongside the notorious Blackbeard.
Make the acquaintance of young Eliza Lucas, who changed the course of American history when she took charge of the family plantation at the tender age of sixteen.
Learn about the famous Haile Gold Mine, at one time the most successful producer of gold east of the Mississippi River.
Learn how the Jenkins Orphanage Band originated the dance craze known as the Charleston.
About the Author
Lee Davis Perry was raised in Charleston and returned there in 1987 to focus on a freelance marketing and advertising career. J. Michael McLaughlin has been living in and writing about the Lowcountry for more than twenty years.
Table of Contents
Rebeckah and the Indian Squaw-1684 1
The Execution of Stede Bonnet-1718 7
Dr. Lining's Weather Observations-1738 14
Indigo: Eliza's Gift of Navy Blue-1741 20
Francis Marion, "the Swamp Fox"-1780 27
Rebecca Motte and the Flaming Arrows-1781 33
Birthplace of American Golf-1786 38
Jonathan Lucas and "Carolina Gold"-1787 44
When President Washington Came to Call-1791 50
Denmark Vesey: Martyr of Slavery-1822 57
The Other "Carolina Gold"-1827 63
The Journey of the Best Friends-1830 69
Mary Chesnut: Witness to War-1861 75
Penn Center, Island of Opportunity-1862 80
Conflagration in Columbia-1865 86
Robert Smalls: The Gullah Statesman-1875 91
The Great Shake-1886 97
Mr. Roosevelt and the Pine Forest Inn-1889 103
Birth of "The Charleston"-1895 109
Heigh Ho, Come to the Fair-1901 114
Mr. Anderson Takes on Detroit-1916 121
Porgy: The Myth and the Man-1924 128
Brookgreen Gardens: Oasis of Art and Nature-1930 134
Charleston Adopts a Preservation Ethic-1931 140
Headin' South of the Border-1933 146
Nazi POWs in Our Own Backyard-1944 152
All That Business between the Sheets-1948 158
The Legend of the Gray Man-1954 164
The Shadowy End of an American Hero-1960 170
South Carolina's Lady Olympian-1961 175
Hugo's Wrath-1989 181
The Return of the H. L Hunley-2000 186
A Potpourri of South Carolina Facts 191
About the Authors 207