When Rice Was King (14): Decline Of Rice Economy - Episode 14


The Civil War marked the beginning of the decline of rice in South Carolina.  Although planters continued growing rice during the Civil War, Georgetown experienced an economic down-turn as a result of the war.  Emancipation, hurricanes, and the emergence of more mechanized means of cultivating rice out in Texas and Louisiana, crippled the rice economy in South Carolina.  Since many land-owners could not pay their taxes, as a result of the suffering rice economy, plantations were seized by banks, or the U.S. government.  Although South Carolina continued growing rice in the twentieth century, it was nowhere near as prosperous as before, being completely dominated by people who came from the North after the Civil War.