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Download B. The Back Swamp Tract.pdf (431 KB)

Download C. The Diseker Tract.pdf (448 KB)

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Download F. The Hunt Tract.pdf (412 KB)

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This report is divided into five sections. The first section assesses the promise of Reconstruction for black South Carolinians in the years after the Civil War, and it situates thiscase study of the South Carolina Land Commission within that historical context. The second section examines in turn the seven tracts of land sold by the Land Commission in LowerRichland County. The research indicates that in two of the tracts, Hickory Hill and Hopkins, African-American families were able to purchase and retain significant acreage for well over acentury. Section three offers some concluding observations, as it presents a set of recommendations for preserving the extant properties of Lower Richland County associated withthe Land Commission sales and for interpreting this history to public audiences through museum exhibits and educational programming. The primary and secondary sources consulted in this study are listed in section four as a guide to further reading.

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African Americans -- Land tenure -- South Carolina -- Richland County -- History. African Americans -- South Carolina -- Richland County -- History. Land tenure -- South Carolina -- Richland County -- History. Richland County (S.C.) -- History.




Author Note: "Angi Fuller Wildt" was originally listed as "Angi Bedell" on the report.

The electronic version of the report is different from the cataloged version available in the South Caroliniana Library. The electronic version contains different page numbers in certain sections of the report.

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Prized Pieces of Land: The Impact of Reconstruction on African-American Land Ownership in Lower Richland County, South Carolina

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