Money, Trade, and Power
The Evolution of Colonial South Carolina's Plantation Society
The first six chapters of this essay collection focus on the formative decades of South Carolina's history, from 1670 through the 1730s. Contributors Meaghan N. Duff, Bertrand Van Ruymbeke, and Gary L. Hewitt explore the colony's early settlement. R. C. Nash, Stephen G. Hardy, and Eirlys M. Barker investigate the rapidly expanding economy.
Turning to the colony's reliance on slave labor, William L. Ramsay analyzes the institution and abandonment of Indian slavery; Jennifer Lyle Morgan examines the reproductive capabilities of slave women; and S. Max Edelson looks at the distinctive social position of skilled slaves. Robert Olwell considers how South Carolina public officials adapted the office of justice of the peace to the needs of a slave society, while Matthew Mulcahy shows how calamities of fires and hurricanes exacerbated the problem of slave control.
Finally, Edward Pearson describes the ways in which South Carolina's emerging elite asserted their new status; G. Winston Lane and Elizabeth M. Pruden review the surprising economic independence of women; and Thomas Little examines the colony's religious life and spread of evangelicalism.
About the Authors
Rosemary Brana-Shute, an associate professor at the College of Charleston, is a historian of Latin America, the author of articles and essays, and the editor of several essay collections. Brana-Shute lives in Charleston.
Randy J. Sparks is an associate professor of history at Tulane University and the author of On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Evangelicalism in Mississippi, 1774–1876. Sparks lives in Charleston.
"With these fifteen essays, the Lower South and its central colony, South Carolina, is at last receiving the scrupulous attention and imaginative investigation once afforded New England, the Chesapeake, and the Mid-Atltantic regions. This collection reveals a colonial society that was dynamic as well as exploitative, diverse as well as hedonistic—but above all, infinitely fascinating."—Philip Morgan, The Johns Hopkins University
"The editors of this volume are to be warmly congratulated on having assembled a quite dazzling array of essays that represent the very best of recent scholarship on the colonial South Carolina Lowcountry."—Betty Wood, University of Cambridge
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