Friday, July 8, 2016

Booknotes: Flat Rock of the Old Time

New Arrival:
Flat Rock of the Old Time: Letters from the Mountains to the Lowcountry, 1837-1939 edited by Robert B. Cuthbert (Univ of S Carolina Pr, 2016).

Flat Rock, North Carolina served as a welcome escape for the residents of the sweltering, unhealthy climate of the South Carolina Lowcountry summer. In this book, editor Robert Cuthbert "has mined the collections of the South Carolina Historical Society to publish a documentary history of the place and its people." Flat Rock also served as a popular place for refugees to escape the ravages of the Civil War, though the people could not avoid "the revolutionary consequences of the war, such as emancipation, occupation, and economic collapse." In editing this letter collection, Cuthbert contributes general and chapter introductions, as well as footnotes.

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