New book by Jack Bass, W. Scott Poole

The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina

Text from Post & Courier

Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole wanted to move beyond the tendency of many state histories to focus solely on well-known individuals and incidents by introducing some figures of whom many are not aware, not least the role of African-Americans in South Carolina history, in their new book.

“The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina,” published today, chronicles the legacies of not only the likes of Strom Thurmond, and Ernest F. Hollings but also I. DeQuincey Newman and Modjeska Monieth Simkins.

The authors survey the roots of the defining moments of recent decades in their new book, including the impact of two world wars, the Great Depression, the civil rights era and other major historical moments.

Throughout the volume, the authors discuss how tensions of race, religion and economics are always central to any major shift in history.
Read more in Thursday’s editions of The Post and Courier and in Sunday’s Arts and Travel section.

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