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South Carolina’s Edgefield District: An Early International Crossroads of Clay

Keywords: United States , America , South Carolina , pottery , ceramic , creolization

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This paper examines the antebellum stoneware of Edgefield District, South Carolina as an example of creolization, in which ceramic ideas from three different Old World sources came together to create a distinctly regional pottery tradition still being practiced in Georgia. For those interested in the history of the American South, a promising research pursuit is the formation of a distinctly regional culture and the role in that development played by creolization—the mix of ideas from different groups to create new features.


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