South Carolina Historical Society George C. Rogers Jr. Book Award
In the first book ever written about the impact of phosphate mining on the South Carolina plantation economy, Shepherd McKinley explains how the convergence of the phosphate and fertilizer industries carried long-term impacts for America and the South.
Fueling the rapid growth of lowcountry fertilizer companies, phosphate mining provided elite plantation owners a way to stem losses from emancipation. At the same time, mining created an autonomous alternative to sharecropping, enabling freed people to extract housing and labor concessions.
Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold develops an overarching view of what can be considered one of many key factors in the birth of southern industry. This top-down, bottom-up history (business, labor, social, and economic) analyzes an alternative path for all peoples in the post-emancipation South.
About the Author
Shepherd W. McKinley, a senior lecturer in American history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is the coauthor of North Carolina: New Directions for an Old Land.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
1 Antecedents, Precedents, and Continuities, 1800-1865 10
2 The Creation of Industry and Hope, 1865-1870 35
3 Land Miners and Hand Mining, 1867-1884 66
4 River Mining and Reconstruction Politics, 1869-1874 97
5 Convergence and the Fertilizer Industry, 1868-1884 123
Conclusions and Epilogue 153
List of Abbreviations 167