Walter Edgar

Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr.

By Walter Edgar

Dr. Cleveland Sellers(Originally broadcast 10/26/18) - In 1968 state troopers gunned down black students protesting the segregation of a South Carolina bowling alley, killing three and injuring 28. The Orangeburg Massacre was one of the most violent moments of the Southern civil rights movement, and only one person served prison time in its aftermath: a young black man by the name of Cleveland Sellers Jr. Many years later, the state would recognize that Sellers was a scapegoat in that college campus tragedy and would issue a full pardon. Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr. (2018,...

The State of Southern Cuisine

By Walter Edgar

Shrimp and grits, 21st century style.January and February gave us the State of the Union address and the State of the State address – important stuff. But, for a Southerner, there are specific, important areas of life in these United States that these addresses didn't cover – areas that we need to check on once in a while. So, in early 2019, what is the State of Southern Cuisine? Is it still making inroads in the food ways of other sections of the country? Are chain restaurants affecting what people in the South call ‘Southern Food?’ Who is innovating Southern Cuisine while staying true to traditions? To find out, Walter Edgar...

Columbia Native Brings Stories to the Big Screen

By Walter Edgar

Actor Jeremy Irvine portrays William Pitsenbarger in The Last Full Measure.The film producer, actor, and Columbia Native Julian Adams joins Walter Edgar to talk about his new film, The Last Full Measure , and to talk about his journey into the world of filmmaking. Adam’s previous features include Phantom (2013) and Amy Cook: The Spaces in Between (2009). The Last Full Measure tells the true story of William Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), an Air Force medic who saved over sixty men in one of the harshest battles of the Vietnam War. Offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of the combat zone, Pitsenbarger stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his...

Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Community

By Walter Edgar

Soapstone Baptist Church sign, Liberia, S.C.In 2007, while researching mountain culture in upstate South Carolina, anthropologist John M. Coggeshall stumbled upon the small community of Liberia in the Blue Ridge foothills. There he met Mable Owens Clarke and her family, the remaining members of a small African American community still living on land obtained immediately after the Civil War. In his new book, Liberia, South Carolina: An African American Appalachian Community This intimate history tells the story of five generations of the Owens family and their friends and neighbors, chronicling their struggles through slavery,...

Journalist Robert Cox and the Newspaper That Published Dangerous Truths

By Walter Edgar

Robert Cox (with Maria Hinojosa, WGBH, Boston)(Originally broadcast 01/19/18) - The Buenos Aires Herald ceased publication in July of 2017, almost 141 years after its founding. The paper became famous, however, only in the latter part of the 20th century, for exposing the forced disappearances of Argentinians during the 1976-83 military dictatorship. Other newspapers in the country whitewashed this chapter of Argentina’s history. The English-language paper’s editor during this dangerous, violent period was British journalist Robert Cox. The Charleston resident joins Walter Edgar to talk about how and why he transformed his newspaper into...

Parks Tell Unheard Stories of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution

By Walter Edgar

John Slaughter, Superintendent of US Park Service's Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks group.(Originally broadcast 10/13/17) - The Southern Campaign was critical in determining the outcome of the American Revolutionary War, yet the South’s importance has been downplayed in most historical accounts to date. The National Park Service has recognized the importance of the Southern Campaign with the creation of its Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks group. The group includes Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Ninety Six National Historic Site, and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Walter Edgar talks with John Slaughter,...

South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America

By Walter Edgar

S.C. State University logoSince its founding in 1896, South Carolina State University has provided vocational, undergraduate, and graduate education for generations of African Americans. Now the state’s flagship historically black university, it achieved this recognition after decades of struggling against poverty, inadequate infrastructure and funding, and social and cultural isolation. In South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America , William C. Hine examines South Carolina State’s complicated start, its slow and long-overdue transition to a degree-granting university, and its...

An Archaeology of Life in Charleston

By Walter Edgar

Trowel at an archaeological dig.(Originally broadcast 12/01/2017) - In Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community (2016, University Press of Florida), Martha Zierden, Curator of Historical Archaeology at The Charleston Museum; and, Dr. Betsy Reitz, University of Georgia Athens, weave archaeology and history to illuminate this vibrant, densely packed Atlantic port city. They detail the residential, commercial, and public life of the city, the ruins of taverns, markets, and townhouses, including those of Thomas Heyward, shipping merchant Nathaniel Russell, and William Aiken. The authors shed light on the...

Work and Economy in South Carolina During World War I

By Walter Edgar

Spinners and doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., circa 1912.South Carolina in 1918 was still struggling with the changes to its economic and social systems brought about by the Civil War and Reconstruction. The United States’ entry into World War I affected the daily work life of South Carolinians and the state’s economy in a way that was unique to our state. This week, guest host, Dr. Mark Smith of the University of South Carolina, talks with Dr. James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding Professor of History Emeritus of the University of Georgia, about South Carolina’s Economy during World War I. This conversation was recorded at the University of South...