The audio edition of the landmark best-selling history of the Palmetto State as written and narrated by the state's preeminent historian
In this two-volume, thirty CD set, South Carolina's leading historian Walter Edgar presents a sweeping narrative of a state with an illustrious, sometimes infamous, past. He describes in very human terms 475 years of recorded history in the Palmetto State, including the experiences of all South Carolinians—rich and poor, male and female, those with roots in Africa and in Europe as well as Native Americans. In an eminently readable presentation, Edgar uses letters, diaries, and other writings to let voices from the past take part in telling the state's fascinating story.
Volume 1 (discs 1 to 15) spans from prehistory to the antebellum era. Volume 2 (discs 16 to 30) explores the Civil War period to the present day. The audio edition of South Carolina: A History is a project of South Carolina Educational Communications, South Carolina Educational Radio, and the University of South Carolina Press. Walter Edgar's recordings were made possible by grants from the Stringer Foundation and the Callie and John Rainey Foundation.
Walter Edgar is the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies, George Washington Distinguished Professor of History, and director of the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. His numerous works on the Palmetto State include the highly acclaimed print edition of South Carolina: A History as well as South Carolina in the Modern Age and The South Carolina Encyclopedia.
"Walter Edgar has given us a magisterial book. Authoritative, informed, clearly written, this is the history of South Carolina for this generation. Scholars will be impressed, and all South Carolinians should be thankful for it. Professor Edgar now wears the mantle of 'historian-laureate' of South Carolina."—William J. Cooper Jr., past president, Southern Historical Association