McCormick County Land of Cotton
McCormick County Land of Cotton explores the South Carolina county’s history, beginning with Hernando De Soto’s brief visit in 1540, then from the mid- eighteenth century when axe-wielding pioneers arrived to discover an unspoiled, enchanting, wilderness paradise - exploring pivotal events right on up to the present.
The book showcases the saga of the people of McCormick County and the surrounding area – emergence of King Cotton with all the trappings of a predominantly agricultural economy almost totally dependent upon cotton production and yoked to the institution of slavery; the controversial Tillmans of Clarks Hill before and during The Era of Tillmanism; the shameful construction of the railroads by convicts in shackles and chains under the lash of the overseer; and the subsequent emergence of agriculture- and railroad-based towns;
The long struggle to gain countyhood; the devastating calamities of the Great Depression; the perilous era of World War II followed by post war winds of change on the social, political, and economic scene; efforts to attract industry to the community; a comprehensive account of construction and development of Clarks Hill Dam and Lake (now Thurmond); the spawning and growth of the planned community, Savannah Lakes Village;
Also, history of the infrastructure; chapters on social order and disorder that reflect the atmosphere of the times; twenty stories of violence; a vernacular glossary; and the story of French Benefactor John de la Howe and his School.
Appendixes record the 1915 Special Election Proclamation for Countyhood; the Supreme Court decision that opened the way for establishing the County; a roster of McCormick County World War I Veterans; a roster of 1940 Selective Service Registrants; and McCormick County Climatological Normals, 1961-1990.
The story of McCormick County and its people presents an awesome saga of the various moods in the history of a whole community – not only those of great statue but also the common people, all caught up in the circumstances of day-to-day living – people that left legacies and stories, which reveal courage, conviction, controversy, resiliency, resourcefulness, perseverance, and patriotism – all often going their own ways, yet all moving together.
McCormick County Land of Cotton - $30
Hardcover, 490 pages, 6"x9", 165 photographs and illustrations, appendices, bibliography, notes, index, ISBN 978-0-9749976-1-7