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Stinking Stones and Rocks of GoldPhosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina$
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Shepherd W. McKinley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049243

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049243.001.0001

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Convergence and the Fertilizer Industry, 1868–1884

Convergence and the Fertilizer Industry, 1868–1884

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(p.123) 5 Convergence and the Fertilizer Industry, 1868–1884
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Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold
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Shepherd W. Mckinley

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049243.003.0006

Thischapter argues that land and river phosphate mining led to a dynamic local fertilizer manufacturing industrywhich had a profound impact on Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina, southern agriculture, and America’s fertilizer industry. The industry included local, regional, northern, and European entrepreneurs who used the nearby rock to increase production, lower prices, and overcome southern farmers’ skepticism of commercial fertilizers. Increasing state regulation also led to the growing importance of lawyers, and lawsuits over mining and environmental pollution had significant consequences for fertilizer companies. Sixteen companies had formed near Charleston by 1884, some of which maintained small urban factories, but the most successful established sprawling works on the Charleston Neck. Eight Charleston firms—Wando Mining and Manufacturing, Sulphuric Acid and Super-Phosphate [SASP], Carolina Fertilizer, Stono Phosphate, Atlantic Phosphate, Pacific Guano, and John B. Sardy’s Wappoo and Ashepoo ventures—provide salient examples with which to study the companies’ origins, plant, marketing, workers (including working conditions and the 1873 strike), and legal problems.

Keywords:   Fertilizer, Wando Mining and Manufacturing Company, Sulphuric Acid and Super-Phosphate Company (Etiwan Works), Carolina Fertilizer Company, Stono Phosphate Company, Atlantic Phosphate Company, Pacific Guano Company, WappooMill, Ashepoo Mining and Manufacturing Guano Company, Charleston Neck

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