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Making a Slave StatePolitical Development in Early South Carolina$
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Ryan A. Quintana

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469642222

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469642222.001.0001

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With the Labor of These Slaves

With the Labor of These Slaves

Producing the Modern State

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(p.149) Chapter Five With the Labor of These Slaves
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Making a Slave State
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Ryan A. Quintana

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469642222.003.0006

This chapter explores South Carolina’s developmental policy and reform agenda in the post-War of 1812 era, arguing that public works and the labor of state slaves were part of a broader project seeking to produce both the state as well as liberal subjectivity. As the chapter argues, while South Carolinians were influenced by broader governing trends throughout the Atlantic world, their experience was directly shaped by the everyday practices of the state’s enslaved majority, who they absolutely relied upon. Subsequently, leaders broadened their vision of the state to accommodate the violence required for its maintenance.

Keywords:   Public works, Legal reform, Runaway slaves, Infrastructural development, Denmark Vesey

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