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

By Shepherd W. McKinley

From our New Perspectives on the History of the South series comes the first ever book on the role of phosphates in the South Carolina plantation economy. In this top-down, bottom-up history, Shepherd McKinley shows how phosphate mining boosted the fertilizer industry after the Civil War and gave freed people an alternative to sharecropping. Open this book to discover a key factor in the birth of southern industry that had long-term impacts for America and the South.

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