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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 218–219 | Cite as

The South Carolina Backcountry Venture: Tradition, Capital, and Circumstance in the Development of Camden and the Wateree Valley, 1740–1810

Kenneth E. Lewis, University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 2017. 436 pp., 65 figs. $56.99 cloth
  • Breanna M. Wilbanks
Book Review

Kenneth Lewis has for several decades held a strong presence in the historical archaeology field, writing pieces specifically on Camden and South Carolina since the 1970s. It is, therefore, no surprise this new book is a comprehensive publication of his research within the region. South Carolina, known for its significant role in American history, including the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, has also stood out for its important economic position as a founding colony. While many may note Charleston, or other similar port cities, as important hubs of colonial enterprise, the role of the backcountry has been overshadowed by current scholarship. Indeed, the “low country” has significantly contributed to the development of the state, but few have taken an in-depth look into frontier settlements and their economic progress. Lewis, in The South Carolina Backcountry Venture,makes a significant contribution to the narrative by studying the establishment of the frontier town Camden...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ArkansasFayettevilleU.S.A.

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