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Unification of a Slave State: The Rise of the Planter Class in the South Carolina Backcountry, 1760-1808
This book describes the turbulent transformation of South Carolina from a colony rent by sectional conflict into a state dominated by the South's most unified and politically powerful planter leadership. Rachel Klein unravels the sources of conflict and growing unity, showing how a deep commitment to slavery enabled leaders from both low- and backcountry to define the term ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 27th 1992 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published May 25th 1990)
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Apr 24, 2011 David Nichols rated it liked it
By the era of the Civil War, South Carolina’s white population enjoyed a degree of political unity uncommon in the southern United States. Other Confederate states experienced significant internal conflict both before and after the secession crisis; not the Palmetto State, first to secede and first to fight the Union. In the 1980s historians like Lacy Ford began to study the origins of white Carolinians’ solidarity. Rachel Klein found it well back in South Carolina’s past, in the Revolutionary e ...more