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South Carolina 1775: A Crucible Year


South Carolina 1775
A Crucible Year

Edmund A. Bator Foreign Service Officer, Ret.


South Carolina 1775 – A Crucible Year is the story of ambition and ego among conscience stricken men in the province of South Carolina on the eve of revolution, men who were still uncertain that independence from England, whether peaceful or violent, was the correct path to follow.

After the First Continental Congress issued its Articles of Association in October, 1774, asking American colonies to unite in common cause to implement a trade boycott against Great Britain and its Coercive Acts, enthusiasm wavered greatly among Carolinians. The First Provincial Congress of South Carolina, as a revolutionary government, was organized by low country Carolinians of the Charleston area, who soon realized that back country planters would have to be included among delegates elected to this congress.

Few back country farmers had ever participated in provincial governments of South Carolina. Indeed, they were often skeptical about the motivations of Charlestonians, people whom they considered aristocrats. However, by 1775, the back country made up roughly 70-80% of the royal province’s population. They could not and would not be ignored.

Back country Carolinians were more recalcitrant in relinquishing ties to the mother country. The implementation of association soon ran into the unintended consequences of political opportunism and vanity between men of honor, whether Rebels or Loyalists, with regard to a common cause.

This narrative is a well-documented history of the political controversy that emerged between low and back country leaders, discussing in their own words the agonizing differences that arose between them, and the manner in which crisis situations on the road to revolution were handled – situations that bordered on civil war.

 While personal ambition, pride and prejudice motivated the egos of Carolinians, it was still in good conscience that most Rebels and Loyalists defended their beliefs in this crucible year of 1775. The words and deeds described in this narrative provide exceptional insight into the nature of their personal feelings about value issues such as duty, honor and integrity, and separation from the mother country. These values still resonate with us today, and remain as important a factor in political thought as they were in the days of the founders of modern South Carolina.


Format: 6" x 9" casebound hardcover on acid-free paper with decorated endpapers
Interior: 352 pages, including table of contents, introduction, foreward written by Thomas Fleming, five maps of South Carolina during the Revolutionary War period, bibliography, sources notes, end notes, and index
ISBN  13: 978-0-9753667-9-0
Price: $26.95

About the Author

Edmund A. Bator, author of "1775: ACrucible Year"

Edmund A. Bator is a retired Foreign Service Officer with twenty-five years of service in Finland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Kuwait and Washington, D.C. Born In New Bedford, Massachusetts, he served with the U.S. Navy, and then graduated from Oglethorpe University (B.A. 1953) and continued his education at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. 1956).

After retiring to Atlanta, Georgia, he became a guest lecturer on the Middle East at Oglethorpe University for five years while continuing to pursue serious research in early American history and genealogy. South Carolina 1775 – A Crucible Year was compiled after many years of research utilizing original documentary evidence from a great variety of sources.


"This is a book that every American interested in the real story of the nation’s history should read" - Thomas Fleming, American historian and author of Liberty! The American Revolution PBS series.

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