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Liberia, South CarolinaAn African American Appalachian Community$
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John M. Coggeshall

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640853

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640853.001.0001

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The Whites Got the Best

The Whites Got the Best

The Early Twentieth Century

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Liberia, South Carolina

John M. Coggeshall

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents the story of Liberia during the early twentieth century, through the Depression and the world wars. As the nation’s economy changes, African Americans continue to abandon the region for better economic opportunities as they are also forced out by restrictive Jim Crow segregation and racialized attacks. Both Soapstone Baptist Church and Soapstone School continue, critical anchors for community identity. Some residents return to care for aging relatives. The story of Liberia is presented through the memories of elderly residents and some local historical sources, including obituaries.

Keywords:   Jim Crow in South Carolina, Depression in South Carolina, African Americans in Appalachia, Liberia, South Carolina, Soapstone Baptist Church, Soapstone School, Countermemory

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