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Charleston In Black and WhiteRace and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement$
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Steve Estes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622323

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622323.001.0001

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The Lowcountry

The Lowcountry

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(p.8) The Lowcountry
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Charleston In Black and White
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Steve Estes

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622323.003.0002

This chapter contains a brief history of Charleston, sketching a portrait of the city as being simultaneously blessed and cursed, beginning from its early days as a Carolina colony. The Lowcountry appeared to settlers as a fruitful home, though disease and death would soon mar this idyllic image. Despite a rough start Charleston eventually prospered, with much of its wealth comprised of its human property—the black slaves. Following a high point in the city's thriving rice trade, international competition began to undermine its economy; and with this turning point came the slave rebellions and the growing sentiment against slavery that eventually heralded the Civil War.

Keywords:   Charleston, Charleston's history, antebellum period, Civil War, Charleston's economy, slavery, rice trade, indigo trade, Lowcountry

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