A Death by Inches

In this study of relief and recovery efforts in South Carolina after the Civil War, the emphasis is on people, and in particular on those people who seem to be excluded from, or barely mentioned in, the conventional studies of the era. By delving deep into the primary source material of the period, this study allows readers to discover an expanded past, one that for the most part has remained as 'hidden history.'


"It is a thorough and exhaustive account of war-ravaged South Carolina with especial emphasis on those aspects of the era that generally do not make it into the texts. . . . As an historian and a librarian, I am impressed with the authors' use of primary and archival materials. Many of the sources cited in their study have not been culled before with the net result being that Hope and Silverman are able to elevate to their proper levels of importance the contributions of scores of heretofore neglected individuals. Then too the flavor of the period is captured through the authors' use of contemporary sources. . . . This is a study that tells a story comprehensively, tells it well, and makes a major contribution in the process." - Robert M. Gorman

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Destitution in Post Civil War South Carolina
The Army's Efforts to Relieve the People of South Carolina
Aid Received 'from Abroad' by the People of South Carolina
Local Efforts to Raise Money for the Poor
The Treatment of Orphans in Post Bellum South Carolina
The Freedmen's Bureau in South Carolina
The Story of John Meade and Amelia Twitchell Gould
The Work of Women's Organizations for the Aid of Needy Women and Children
Educational Efforts in Post-Civil War South Carolina
South Carolina's Health and Medical Conditions After the War
The Post-War Alms House and House of Corrections
Immigration Efforts in Post War South Carolina
Attempts to Find Relief from the Misery Through Entertainment
Bibliography and Index