Congressional Edition Volume 4199

Congressional Edition Volume 4199

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...within a day's ride of their plantations. This enabled the planter to make frequent trips to his fields to give necessary orders to his overseers and to keep an eye on his business. At these summer retreats many families collected and formed a kind of transient city. In time music, dancing, and other means of entertainment were provided, and tutors to instruct the young people. These gatherings were a powerful agency in developing a refined city society among the agricultural people. There were a few very small permanent villages outside of Charleston, such as Georgetown and Port Royal on the coast, and Dorchester 20 miles up the Ashley. These had about 250 inhabitants each at the close of the Revolution. Besides these there were perhaps a half dozen of mere hamlets like Winton, Childsburg, Edmundsburg, and Jacksonboro within the tide-water section.1 Charleston being the only seaport town of any importance, it was the business cen'ter as well as the capital. But Charleston was more than the capital; Charleston was the government at first. As settlement spread into the interior it was slow to give up its exclusive privileges. The government remained highly centralized as long as the slaveocracy ruled the State. There was no real local government. There was not a single incorporated town in the colony. When the distent settlements demanded a more direct participation in the government, the demand was met by extending the machinery of the central government to provide for their local needs. Thus almost all local affairs of public interest were put in charge of commissions appointed 1 Whitney, Tin Governmenl of South Carolina, p. 185. by the legislature. In some eases, as the highway commissions, they were self-perpetuating bodies. The number and more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236545222
  • 9781236545220