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Friday, April 25, 2014

Brown v. Board of Education - Landmark Court Ruling to End Public School Segregation

In 1949 Thurgood Marshall and NAACP officials met with Black residents of Clarendon County, SC. They decided that the NAACP would launch a test case against segregation in public schools if at least 20 plaintiffs could be found. By November, Harry Briggs and 19 other plaintiffs were assembled, and the NAACP filed a class action lawsuit against the Clarendon County School Board.

Briggs v. Elliott became one of the cases consolidated by the Supreme Court into Brown v. Board of Education, the case in which the Court made its landmark ruling in 1954 to end segregation in public schools. Fifty years on from Brown v. Board, Dr. Jon N. Hale, of the College of Charleston, and Dr. Millicent E. Brown, of Claflin University, join Dr. Edgar to talk about the road to school desegregation and civil rights in South Carolina.

Friday, May 02, 2014

A Conversation about the South

Walter Edgar’s Journal listeners have a front row seat for a public “Conversation about the South,” held in March of 2014 by the American History Book Club and Forum at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, in Greenville, SC. Long-time friends and colleagues, Professor James Cobb of the University of Georgia and USC Professor Emeritus Walter Edgar have a wide-ranging conversation about the American South—past, present, and future.

Production of this episode of Walter Edgar's Journal is made possible by a grant from the Jolley Foundation.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Furniture in the Lower Southern Piedmont

The topic is Furniture in the Lower Southern Piedmont. And Dr. Walter Edgar talks about the history of this often overlooked area of material Culture with Dale L. Couch, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art, and John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources for Historic Columbia. Dale Couch will be giving a lecture entitled “Furniture in the Lower Southern Piedmont: New Findings and Projected Projects” at the Columbia Museum of Art, Tuesday, May 13, 6:30 PM.  The event is being sponsored by the South Carolina Fall Line Consortium.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Riley Institute at Furman University

The Richard W. Riley Institute Government, Politics, and Public Leadership, named for former Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley, is a multi-faceted, non-partisan institute affiliated with the Department of Political Science at Furman University. The Institute is unique in the United States in the emphasis it places on engaging students in the various arenas of politics, public policy, and public leadership.

Joining Dr. Edgar to talk about the Riley Institute and its programs—including the OneSouthCarolina initiative—is the Institute's Executive Director, Donald L. Gordon.

Friday, May 23, 2014

History of Greenville and the Upstate - A. V. Huff

This week Walter Edgar's Journal focuses on Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. Walter’s guest is Dr. A. V. Huff, Professor Emeritus of History at Furman University.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s - John Shelton Reed

(Originally broadcast 01/10/14) - In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with low rent, a faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square became the center of a vibrant but short-lived bohemia. A young William Faulkner and his roommate William Spratling, an artist who taught at Tulane, were among the "artful and crafty ones of the French Quarter." In Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s (LSU Press, 2012) John Shelton Reed introduces Faulkner's circle of friends ranging from the distinguished Sherwood Anderson to a gender-bending Mardi Gras costume designer and brings to life the people and places of New Orleans in the jazz age.

Dr. John Shelton Reed is the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science for twelve years and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South and the quarterly Southern Cultures.


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