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For the reader interested in learning more about Dorchester and colonial South Carolina, the following works are recommended.
A good general account of Dorchester is still Henry A. M. Smith’s pioneering article, “The Town of Dorchester, in South Carolina – A Sketch of Its History,” South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, 6 (1905). The article has been conveniently reprinted with corrections and editorial comments in Cities and Towns of Early South Carolina, Volume 2 of The Historical Writings of Henry A. M. Smith, 3 volumes (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, Publishers, 1988). The settlement of Dorchester and the surrounding countryside is traced in detail in Legare Walker’s Dorchester County (n.p.: privately printed typescript, 1941), which draws heavily on old deeds, laws, and the writings of Henry A. M. Smith.
A firsthand chronicle of the Congregationalists’ migration to South Carolina written by church elder William Pratt appears in Narratives of Early Carolina, 1650-1708, edited by Alexander S. Salley (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1911). The migration of the Congregationalists to Georgia can be followed in James Stacy’s History and Published Records of the Midway Congregational Church (Newnan, GA: S. W. Murray, 1894, 1903; reprint ed., 1951). Stacy’s work also contains useful information on the Congregationalists’ removal from Massachusetts.
A thorough introduction to colonial South Carolina history can be found in Walter Edgar’s South Carolina: A History (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998). The chapters on the colonial and Revolutionary eras convey the most recent research on the history of South Carolina. Another useful source is M. Eugene Sirman’s Colonial South Carolina: A Political History, 1663-1763 (Williamsburg, VA: Institute of early American History and Culture, 1966). South Carolina Begins: The Records of a Proprietary Colony 1663-1721 by Charles Lesser (Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1995) and Robert M. Weir’s Colonial South Carolina: A History (Millwood, NY: KTO Press, 1983) provide overviews of the period as well.
The work of the Anglican Church and its ministers is presented in Charles S. Bolton’s study Southern Anglicanism: The Church of England in Colonial South Carolina, Contributions to the Study of Religion, Number 5 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1982).
Slavery in the early colonial period is the subject of Peter H. Wood’s superb Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1974). Daniel C. Littlefield examines the origins of South Carolina’s African slaves and their possible contribution to rice cultivation in Rice and Slaves: Ethnicity and the Slave Trade in Colonial South Carolina (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981). Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth- Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1998), by Philip D. Morgan provides an extensive study of slave culture and life in these two regions. The Indian Slave Trade by Alan Gallay (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002) explores the topic of Native American enslavement in the south.
Converse Clowse provides a broad introduction to the colonial South Carolina economy in Economic Beginnings in Colonial South Carolina, 1670-1730 (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1971). The Southern Frontier, 1670-1732, by Verner W. Crane (Durham: Duke University Press, 1928) focuses on South Carolina’s Indian trade. Lelia Seller’s Charleston Business on the Eve of the Revolution (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1934) gives a good account of the Charleston mercantile community and its role in the commerce of such inland towns as Dorchester. Other works focusing on economic conditions include Peter A. Cocalins, The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989) and Joyce E. Chaplin, Anxious Pursuit: Agricultural Innovation & Modernity in the Lower South, 1730-1815 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1993).
Two reports by Richard F. Carrillo offer historical and archaeological information on the fort at Dorchester: Preliminary Archaeological Investigations at Fort Dorchester (38DR4), Research Manuscript Series No. 39 (Columbia: Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 1973) and Archaeological Investigations at Fort Dorchester (38DR4): An Architectural Assessment, Research Manuscript Series No. 86 (Columbia, Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 1976).
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The two volumes of Edward McCrady’s History of South Carolina in the Revolution (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1901-1902) still provide the most comprehensive coverage of the Revolutionary War in the state. Henry Lumpkin’s From Savannah to Yorktown: The American Revolution in South Carolina (Columbia, University of South Carolina Press, 1981) is a more readable, modern account that deals exclusively with military events. Jerome J. Nadelhaft, The Disorders of War: The Revolution in South Carolina (Orono, ME: University of Maine at Orono Press, 1981) offers a detailed non-military history of the Revolution in South Carolina.
The consolidation of land from the old village and township lots after the Revolution is covered in Henry A. M. Smith’s “The Upper Ashley and the Mutations of Families,” South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine 20 (1919), reprint in Rivers and Regions of Early South Carolina, Volume 3 of The Historical Writings of Henry A. M. Smith.