All throughout the United Sates the general store was important to the development of communities, towns and cities. This could not be more evident in the state of South Carolina where towns flourished or withered because of their dependence on such stores. Two stores in the Darlington and Sumter Districts during the early 1800’s are excellent examples; the Coker & Rogers Store in Society Hill and the Lenoir Store in Horatio. Both flourished for over one hundred and fifty years and the Lenoir Store is still open, dating back to before 1808 (South Carolina Postcards: Volume X). The Coker & Rogers store opened in 1839 and closed its doors in 1963 (Public Document from Darlington Historical Society).
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
Student access to computers with internet access. (Lesson progression can be completed without technology if the teacher prepares copies for students in advances)
- Personal computer
- LCD data projector
- Handouts, including photos, brief histories, see A Brief History of the Coker and Rogers Store and A Brief History of the Lenoir Store
- Map of the state (optional)
- USHC-2 The student will demonstrate an understanding of how economic developments and the westward movement impacted regional differences and democracy in the early nineteenth century.
- USHC-2.0 Political conflict is often the result of competing social values and economic interests. To understand how different perspectives based on differing interests and backgrounds led to political conflict in the antebellum United States, the stud...