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Making a Slave State: Political Development in Early South Carolina

Ryan A. Quintana


How is the state produced? In what ways did enslaved African Americans shape modern governing practices? Ryan A. Quintana provocatively answers these questions by focusing on the everyday production of South Carolina’s state space—its roads and canals, borders and boundaries, public buildings and military fortifications. Beginning in the early eighteenth century and moving through the post–War of 1812 internal improvements boom, Quintana highlights the surprising ways enslaved men and women sat at the center of South Carolina’s earliest political development, materially producing the state’s i ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Political development, Space, Geography, African American history, Southern history, South Carolina, Movement, Mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469642222
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469642222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan A. Quintana, author
Wellesley College