Crossing the rivers of the state : the role of the ferry in the development of South Carolina, circa 1680-1920s / Salo, Edward en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US 2014-06-20T17:42:32Z 2014-06-20T17:42:32Z 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract Often overlooked by historians and archaeologists, ferries played an important part in the transportation network that developed during the colonial period and continued to operate until the twentieth century. Ferries in South Carolina, for instance, were the local connection to the larger Atlantic world network within which South Carolina operated and developed. Without ferries, South Carolina would not have developed as an economic partner in the Atlantic world network. Ferries served as the connection between maritime and inland culture. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation provides a historical context for a better interpretation of ferries by historians, whether in academic publications, markers, museum exhibits, or other public history tools. It also provides a framework for future archaeological and historical studies, and the enhanced preservation and management of ferries in the Lowcountry. en_US
dc.description.abstract In the Lowcountry, ferries were not merely a single-function transportation method; they represented a duality of adaption of ideas and technology, but at the same time, ferries stayed relatively unchanged during their history. They were important economical centers that began as another moneymaking pursuit of the planter elite. Ferries changed from small canoes adapted from Native Americans to European-influenced flatboats to the steamboats operated by the Mount Pleasant Ferry Company. By the end of the nineteenth century, large corporations operated several important ferries as the railroads consolidated their control of the transportation network across the state. en_US
dc.description.abstract Ferries played an important role in the development of South Carolina; however, until recently, preservationists have all but ignored ferries in the preparation of National Register nominations and state historic markers, two indicators of the perceived importance of a historical resource in South Carolina. Compared to those in neighboring states, South Carolina's preservation community has been slow to identify ferries and ferry-related resources in the state. Many important ferry sites in South Carolina do not have a historical marker to illustrate their importance. Many plantations that included ferries in their operations do not have the landings listed in their National Register nominations. en_US
dc.description.abstract However, South Carolinians have remembered historic ferries and their contributions to the state's transportation history in other ways, including the naming of roads and businesses after historic ferries. en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ferries South Carolina History en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Transportation South Carolina History en_US
dc.subject.lcsh South Carolina History en_US
dc.subject.lcsh History, United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Transportation en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Crossing the rivers of the state : the role of the ferry in the development of South Carolina, circa 1680-1920s / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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