South Carolina in the Modern Age
After the Civil War, South Carolina virtually disappeared from the national consciousness and became a historical backwater. But as the nation began to look to the twentieth century, South Carolina stirred once again. It took a world war, the U.S. Supreme Court, and strong-willed leadership to place South Carolina once more within the American mainstream.
Edgar has divided this text into four essays, each covering a quarter century of South Carolina history. Each essay has a particular focus: South Carolina's hectic political scene (1891-1916); a period of economic stagnation during which the myths of the state's glorious past were honed and polished (1916-41); the impetus that World War II gave to economic development (1941-66); and social changes wrought by urbanization, industrial development, and desegregation (1966-91). South Carolina in the Modern Age also includes a chronology of state history and a list of suggested readings. More than seventy illustrations, many previously unpublished, add a visual dimension to the story.
"Edgar covers the most important aspects of South Carolina's history over the last hundred years: economics, politics, development, and social issues. . . . This history of post-Civil War South Carolina should remain one of the most essential texts to anyone's library."—Charleston Magazine
"A fine, brief history of South Carolina's last one hundred years . . . South Carolina in the Modern Age is a well-balanced book with regard to information about cities and towns, farms and factories, and upcountry and lowcountry."—South Carolina Historical Magazine
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