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South Carolina: A History Hardcover – September, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1570032554 ISBN-10: 1570032556 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Pr; 1st edition (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570032556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570032554
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading history books.
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Of course 700 pages won't cover every detail of history for this fascinating state, but Edgar does a great job providing a variety of perspectives.
Rose Green
I highly recommend this book to all South Carolinians AND all lovers of history.
James O. Williams

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Chad R. Reihm on June 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Overall this was an excellent book on what is most likely the most controversial state in the Union...Since the first landing in St. Helena Parish, through the Colonial period and the Civil War era to the flag controversy in the late 1990's, South Carolinians have been different, in almost every way, then the rest of the country. While NC's motto may be 'first in flight', South Carolina's could very well be 'first to fight'. Their instigation of the Revolutionary war and the Civil war, not to mention dozens of other controversial actions on the part of some of our ancestral fire-eaters make this book not just a history every SC-olian should read but one that every American should read as well. Like it or not, SC has played an extremely vital role in the path our country has taken and the culture we have developed. This book attempts to cover this role... While some of the book may bog down, the majority of the chapters are very well researched, flow smoothly, and are extremely interesting. You will find such topics as Colonial life in SC, Antebellum life in SC, SC-olinans in the Revolutionary War, SC-olina's role in starting the Civil War, how SC bucked reconstruction, etc...Overall, if you are a fan of good history then you will enjoy this book. If you are looking for action then try a couple books about SC's role in the fighting of the Civil War...'Kershaw's brigade' and 'the Stuck eagle: South Carolina Infantry in the Civil War'. Enjoy...
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As an avid amateur historian interested in American History and particularly South Carolina History, I found Edgar's account of the Palmetto State's history to be the definitive reference. Before this book, the subject lacked a comprehensive study from a modern perspective. Edgar is neither a Southern apologist nor a smug social critic. He addresses head-on the sensitive issue of race relations and provides an unbiased review of its impact upon the state's course in history. His objectivity, on that issue as well as many others, is refreshing.
Walter Edgar has packed an amazing collection of facts and analysis into his work and presents it in a very readable and engaging style. The book is a well-researched, scholarly masterpiece. Just as importantly, though, it is also an entertaining manuscript full of stories about South Carolina characters and events. If you have only one book about South Carolina on your book shelf, it should be this one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful! It tells the overall story of South Carolina and includes all of the people in the state. I loved the way he included the small towns throughout his book. Charleston and Columbia are important in understanding our states history but everything in South Carolinas' past didn't just take place in this two cities. This book is easy to read and gives a clear understanding of the important role that South Carolina has played in the building of the history of our great nation. This book explains why South Carolinians took the positions that they did and how. All walks of life are reading this book. This book has gotten the young and old asking questions about their families history in South Carolina. This is the best book since Wallace! Working in a museum in South Carolina I know first hand the positive impact that this book has had on our state. I find this book most refreshing. I think it is interesting that the author grew up in Alabama, and has returned to his South Carolina ancestral roots to marry,teach, study, and write. Edgar understands the heart and soul of South Carolina, making him forever a South Carolinian. God Bless Dr. Edgar for sharing his wisdom, knowledge, and time spent writing this outstanding book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James K. Davis on April 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a resident of SC for nearly twenty-five years, I was delighted to find a readable, comprehensive history of our state! Dr. Edgar does a wonderful job of inter-weaving the various aspects of SC history into a fine tapestry; he relates economic conditions to religious culture to the political climate to family life to economic conditions... Of special interest to me were the chapters dealing with the political and economic development (or lack thereof) during the years immediately following the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth century. (In fact, this time period would make a great movie!) Kudos to Dr. Edgar for a worthwhile 700+ pages of my time!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Erudite, judicious, and impeccably researched, Walter Edgar's history of South Carolina is certain to become a classic in southern historical writing. His breadth is simply outstanding. No subject escapes his keen scrutiny, no constituency eludes his steady eye. Edgar recovers the histories of men and women, slave and free, black and white with consummate skill and eloquence. More than simply comprehensive, Edgar's book bears the hallmark of a thoughtful historian whose mature, sensitive historical treatment demands respect and admiration. Edgar weaves the history of South Carolina's diversity into a compelling meta-narrative by demonstrating how the region sought order and harmony even as it delimited who could and could not participate in that process. Put simply, this is an outstanding book that will reward those who read it with the care that it patently deserves.
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