Lesson

Settling the Backcountry

Lesson Overview

South Carolina began as a proprietary colony, but in order to attract more settlers, the proprietors gave some of their political control to the landowners. This, however, did not mean that they shared any of their power or wealth with non-land owners.  This made the move to the Upstate (or Backcountry) seem advantageous to these people.  However, there was little representation from the Backcountry in the Assembly which meant the government did very little for this area of the colony.  This led to the Regulator Movement – basically a band of vigilantes who took law enforcement into their own hands in order to protect the settlers.
 

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

How can citizens change their society when they feel government is not responsive to their situation?
 

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Lesson Created By: Kim Buice and Christine Horowitz