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Post and Courier reporter Bo Petersen’s book “Washing Our Hands in the Clouds: Joe Williams, His Forebears, and Black Farms in South Carolina,” has been published by the University of South Carolina Press.

The book, available as a $19.95 paperback, explores Pee Dee and South Carolina history from the 1860s to the present through a series of what Petersen describes as front porch stories, the result of conversations with farmer Joe WIlliams, his family and friends.

Petersen uses family genealogy and the rural land inhabited by the Williamses to create a timeless portrait of a man and his place in the world.

Steve Estes, a former Charleston resident and professor of history at Sonoma State University has written a book called “Charleston in Black and White: Race and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement.”

Published by the University of North Carolina Press, the book examines the legacy of slavery and segregation during the last part of the 20th century and the rise and fall of black political empowerment. Estes zeros in on how Charleston responded to the civil rights movement, embracing and resisting change.

The book is a $29.95 hardcover available from online and traditional retailers.

Adam Parker

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