"The scribe and the prince" : legal culture, the courts and elite political power
"Crimes of the most heinous nature" : criminal justice and law enforcement
"Nothing but terrors and punishments" : slavery and the law
"Placed therein and managed" : the Church of England, poor relief, and elite political power
"Accountable for their misdemeanors" : the assembly and the placeholders
"Sign or die" : the imperial crisis and the reconstruction of South Carolina's government
A Rule of Law offers a fresh examination of how South Carolina's colonial elite ruled through a host of institutions beyond the legislature and jealously guarded this rule against all encroachment in the period leading to the American Revolution.