Lowcountry Agricultural and Convivial Societies

Where Planters Came Together in Antebellum Georgetown, South Carolina

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About the Book

Throughout the first century of South Carolina’s settlement, rice was an important crop but the rice industry did not experience its first boom until the 1720s and 1730s. This book explores the purpose of the social organizations as well as the moral, economic, cultural, and political challenges of the Antebellum Georgetown rice planters. Within the protected confines of their organizations, planters felt safe discussing local and national politics, advancements to their educational system, agricultural and livestock improvements to better compete with the Industrial North. The alliance of “brothers of the soil,” both farmer and planter, helped solidify South Carolina’s Lowcountry politically. The agricultural alliances of the region promoted Southern Nationalism and provided one pillar for Southerners to mount the American Civil War.

About the Author(s)

Christopher C. Boyle is the International Baccalaureate History teacher at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and has been a part-time teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University for twenty years. He has published over a dozen articles in both scholarly and popular journals and serves on the board of directors at Mansfield Planation and the Horry County Historical Society. He lives in Loris, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Christopher C. Boyle
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 50 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8626-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4421-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Christopher Boyle has very successfully answered the clarion call of the eminent historian, Thomas D. Clark, made many years ago that “the history of the United States is [but] the sum total of the history of its myriad parts. . . the sanctity of historical truth must spring as much from the common womb of local history as from that of the whole nation.’ Writing important and relevant local history is no small feat. And, Boyle has masterfully told the story of the development of southern nationalism in Georgetown, South Carolina, a cross roads of the intersection between local interests and partisanship and state and national developments propelling the sectional crisis. It is a well-written, well-researched, and well-conceived study that sheds important light on events that transcend the South Carolina low country. It is a very rewarding read.”—Jason H. Silverman, retired, Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History, Winthrop University