South Carolina History

Welcome to South Carolina history!

Course Description:

This course will focus on the 475 years of recorded history in the Palmetto State. We will begin the course with an overview of the first Spanish exploration and the English settlers from Barbados who settled in what would become South Carolina.  South Carolina rose to international and national prominence because of the wealth extracted from the rice and indigo plantations.  Slaves imported from Africa worked on these dangerous plantations and they composed the majority of South Carolina’s population. We will dispel the myth about the notion that South Carolina was inhabited by a homogeneous white population and seek to focus on how the state developed an agricultural economy that relied heavily on slave labor. The course is divided into three sections. The first third of the course will examine the colonial period up to the American Revolution. The second third will focus on the antebellum period with significant attention be given to its political role in the sectional tensions that led to the American Civil War. The final part of the course will run from the Reconstruction period to the present and examine South Carolina’s relationship to the “New South” and beyond.

Required books:

Andrew. Jr., Rod. Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior to Southern Redeemer. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

Cauthen, Charles E. South Carolina Goes to War: 1860-1865. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1950, reprint: University of South Carolina Press, 2005.

Edgar, Walter. South Carolina: A History. Columbia, University of South Carolina Press, 1998.

Ford Jr., Lacy K. Origins of Southern Radicalism: The South Carolina Upcountry, 1800-1860. New York, Oxford University Press, 1988.

Sinha, Manisha. The Counter-Revolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina. Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Wood, Peter. Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion. New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1974.

Poole, W. Scott. Never Surrender: Confederate Memory and Conservatism in the South Carolina Upcountry. Athens, University of Georgia Press, 2004.

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