Sunken Plantations: The Santee-Cooper Project

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Overview
The remains of more than twenty historic plantations rest beneath the waters of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, and Charleston historian Douglas Bostick raises them from the depths in this haunting visual journey. South Carolinians have long desired a route for water navigation from Columbia to Charleston. An early Santee Canal effort ended in failure by 1850, but interest was reignited in the twentieth century. Roosevelt and his New Deal provided the necessary hydroelectric power and a boost to the state’s economy through the funding of a navigable route utilizing the Congaree, Santee and Cooper Rivers. This ambitious undertaking would become the largest land-clearing project in the history of the United States, requiring the purchase of more than 177,000 acres.
Details
ISBN: 9781596294691
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
Date:
State: South Carolina
Series: Lost
Images: 151
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
Author
Doug Bostick is a native of James Island and is an eighth-generation South Carolinian. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. Bostick is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. He is the author of fifteen books, and his knowledge of history is enhanced by a raconteur's gift for storytelling.