Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold: Phosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina

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Author: Louis Ferleger
Date: Winter 2015
From: The Historian(Vol. 77, Issue 4)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 428 words
Lexile Measure: 1220L

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Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold: Phosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina. By Shepherd W. McKinley. (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2014. Pp. xi, 230. $69.95.)

In this study, the author argues that the history of postbellum Southern industrialization has been both poorly researched and considerably misunderstood. He does not argue that it has been ignored. Instead, he presents a narrative that stresses the importance of focusing on certain industries--for example, mining, phosphates, and fertilizers--that thrived during the postbellum era and have, for far too long, been relatively unexamined.

Shepherd W. McKinley traces industrial development in and around the low country in postbellum South...

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