Betsy Newman

Reconstruction 360

By Betsy Newman

Reconstruction 360 splash page

Reconstruction 360 is SCETV’s new web and mobile application that brings contemporary scholarship about Reconstruction to a project designed for mobile devices. 

The INPUT Archives - A Unique Resource

By Betsy Newman


INPUT keeps all screened programmes archived in the INPUT Archive. The Archive serves as an educational resource and gives a detailed insight into the history of international public television broadcasting.

Ernest Finney (1931-2017)

By Betsy Newman

Ernest Finney Photograph

Ernest A. Finney, Jr. was South Carolina’s first appointed African-American Supreme Court Justice, since Reconstruction.

Born 1931 in Smithfield, Virginia, his mother died when he was an infant.  He was reared by his father, Dr. Ernest Finney, Sr., an educator who eventually moved to Orangeburg, SC, and became Dean of Historically Black Claflin College.

Young Ernest Finney, Jr. graduated from Orangeburg-Wilkerson High School, then, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Historically Black Claflin College in 1952.

Wendy Allen on Hobcaw Research

By Betsy Newman

Wendy Allen

In 1956 Bernard Baruch signed over all of Hobcaw Barony to his daughter, Belle. Belle died in 1964, leaving Hobcaw "for the purpose of teaching and/or research in forestry, marine biology, and the care and propagation of wild life and flora and fauna in South Carolina." Today the Belle W. Baruch Foundation owns Hobcaw Barony and makes it available to researchers at South Carolina's universities. The University of South Carolina's Belle W.

Food Historian Michael Twitty Discusses Origins of Lowcountry Cuisine

By Betsy Newman

Michael Twitty

Culinary adaptations transformed traditional African dishes into a unique, new creolized cuisine, influenced by European and Native American traditions, and characteristic of Gullah culture. Foodways of the South Carolina Lowcountry reach back to the region’s earliest African arrivals and have been shaped by the natural and economic resources of the area. Collards, kale and wild dandelion provided substitutes for leafy greens familiar to Africans arriving during the colonial period. Likewise, sweet potatoes, indigenous to the Americas, substituted for the African yam.

Melissa Cooper of Rutgers University Discusses 20th Century Sea Island Trend

By Betsy Newman

Melissa Cooper

In the early years of the twentieth century, a number of prominent, wealthy Northerners purchased land on the Waccamaw Neck. Bernard Baruch, who bought Hobcaw Barony in 1905 as a winter vacation home and hunting retreat, was the first, followed by the Huntingtons, Vanderbilts and others. The infusion of money brought by these millionaires was a mixed blessing for the local residents, most of whom were African- American. They had experienced a degree of autonomy since emancipation. Now many of them worked to support the lavish lifestyle of the new landowners.

The Waccamaw Indian People

By Betsy Newman

Buster Hatcher, Chief of the Waccamaw Indian People,

The Native American presence at Hobcaw Barony is apparent in the property’s very name, said to be a Native American word meaning “between the waters.” Physical evidence is readily seen in the shell middens that line the shores of Hobcaw’s creeks and emerge as outcroppings in the marshes. Many other material remains have been found at Hobcaw in the form of pottery sherds, blades, points, and numerous other artifacts, yet much archaeological work remains to be done here. 

SCETV’s Between the Waters Project - Now Available!

By Betsy Newman

Screen shot from Between the Waters website

Between the Waters,, is SCETV’s new immersive transmedia website showcasing the culture and history of Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre historic site on the coast of South Carolina. Located between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, Hobcaw is a crossroads representing every era of human history, providing a lens through which many threads of the nation’s story may be examined.

Pat Conroy

By Betsy Newman

Pat Conroy

The South Carolina Hall of Fame profiles author Pat Conroy.