Recovering the Piedmont Past
Unexplored Moments in Nineteenth-Century Upcountry South Carolina History
Recovering the Piedmont Past illustrates larger trends of social transformation occurring in the region at a time that shaped religion, education, race relations and the economy well into the twentieth century. The essays add depth and complexity to our understanding of nineteenth century southern history and challenge accepted narratives about a homogeneous South. Ultimately each of the eight essays explores little known facets of the history of upcountry South Carolina in the nineteenth century.
The collection includes a foreword by Orville Vernon Burton, professor of history and director of the Cyberinstitute at Clemson University.
"This cohesive collection provides a good introduction to this geographical area of South Carolina and its history. It also enriches readers' understanding of 19th-century southern history as a whole."—M. Daniel, Choice Magazine
"Thoroughness of research and quality of prose are constants throughout the collection."—Eldred E. Wink Prince, Journal of Southern History
"Focusing on the nineteenth century, a transitional era in South Carolina history, Recovering the Piedmont Past explores a range of topics from upcountry tourism to African American religion to educational institutions to evolution controversies, illuminating the multi-hued characteristics and conventions of the area's residents. The volume adds deeper and richer colors to the picture of our state."—Amy Thompson McCandless, Dean, Graduate School and Professor of History, College of Charleston
"The subtitle to this book, 'Unexplored Moments in Nineteenth-century South Carolina History,' says it all. In this wonderful collection of essays, anyone interested in South Carolina history will discover aspects of our state's past that have seldom, if ever before, appeared in print. I hope that it will be a model for others in the years to come. Recovering the Piedmont Past is a welcome addition to my South Carolina bookshelf."—Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History
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