University of North Carolina Press
Ryan A. Quintana has written an outstanding book which challenges mainstream conventions about the role of slaves in state building, in this case South Carolina, from its inception as a colony to its development as a slave state. Quintana argues “that black Carolinians produced the state in four distinct ways: through their physical labor; as the objects upon and around which government discourse revolved; as a consequence of their daily movements delivering goods, supplies, and labor, which gave meaning to the state’s planned infrastructure; and through varied social and cultural meanings that slaves imposed on the landscape, which challenged the meaning and practice of liberal state space” (p. 6).
"Making a Slave State: Political Development in Early South Carolina,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 21
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol21/iss2/25