Date of Award

Spring 1976

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

James Branham


The purpose of this paper is to trace the historical development of Coastal South Carolina from 1760 until 1840. The author shows what life in coastal South Carolina was like during the period by describing the culture of its people. He then traces the development of South Carolina's governmental progress from the colonial period until the Revolutionary War. Important Revolutionary battles that were fought in coastal South Carolina are also described. The author goes on to show how South Carolina, as one of the United States, molded into a functioning governmental body. It started as a loyal member of the new Union but gradually felt it was being exploited by the Federal government, especially during the Nullification crisis. Finally the author shows how the agriculture of South Carolina during the period developed from a rice and indigo culture to a cotton kingdom - a development that played a significant role in driving the state from the Union.