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Carnival of Blood: Dueling, Lynching, and Murder in South Carolina, 1880-1920 Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 1, 2006

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"Moore’s thorough study is a long overdue assessment of the violent transition between the centuries in South Carolina. . . . Even the most notorious episodes included here—the Cash-Shannon duel and the Dawson and Gonzales murders—are illuminated with new detail and placed in their proper historical context."—A. V. Huff, professor emeritus of history, Furman University

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John Hammond Moore has held teaching positions at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina; Georgia State University in Atlanta; and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His numerous publications include Columbia and Richland County: A South Carolina Community, 1740-1990.
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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; annotated edition edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570036209
  • ASIN: B008W3NS0G
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William R. Mccants on March 9, 2013
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Moore's tales of duels, lynchings (not necessarily hangings), and murders in South Carolina between 1880 and 1920 make for interesting reading, and that is the reason for my favorable rating. He details colorful people in notorious situations in historical contexts, and for this "Carnival of Blood" is a worthwhile purchase. Where I feel the author is somewhat lax is in attention to details ("Governor Richard M. (sic) Manning"; "Horry (County) in the southeast (sic) corner of the state", etc.), and for cross indexing only a small portion of the people, places and events stated in his book, I was most disappointed in his unnecessary, unsupported, but nonetheless unequivocal, conclusions. He concludes the whites' only argument for having firearms during this 40-year period was to protect themselves from former slaves, without proving this, and without any explanations why the rest of the nation was similarly armed. After relating tale after tale of unarmed whites murdered on little provocation by other whites who then escape any imprisonment, Moore totally ignores any rationale that such whites might have armed themselves for personal protection of themselves or family members from other white men, in concluding (p. 184): "There is but one logical conclusion: white South Carolinians, using the argument they needed guns to protect themselves from former slaves, acquired arms and then slipped easily into the habit of killing each other." Similarly he ends the book with his final paragraph singling out the leadership of South Carolina for failing to prevent bloodshed, and in the exact same paragraph concludes the same problems existed "in most other states..."(!) Characteristically, he opines (p. 2) the Second Amendment only applies to arming a regulated militia, not to individuals, a view rejected recently by the U.S. Supreme Court. It may be entertaining reading, but take Mr. Moore's conclusions with a grain of salt.
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