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The Port Royal Experiment: A Case Study in Development

Kevin Dougherty


The victory at Port Royal, South Carolina in November 1861 left the Federal government with the responsibility for some ten thousand now-masterless slaves. Lacking a sufficient policy or plan for this new reality, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase dispatched Edward Pierce to Port Royal to assess the situation. As a result, an eclectic flood of Northern reformers, missionaries, abolitionists, and educators, collectively known as the “Gideonites,” descended upon the Sea Islands, unleashing what became known as the “Port Royal Experiment.” The Port Royal Experiment: A Case Study in Developme ... More

Keywords: Nation-building, Port Royal Experiment, Civil War in South Carolina, Gideonites, Freedmen’s Bureau

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781628461534
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Dougherty, author
The Citadel