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Let's Go | The Catawba Cultural Center

August 15, 2019 - Posted in Digital by Sarah Pritchard
The Catawba Cultural Center

At the Catawba Cultural Center visitors can learn about many important aspects of the traditions of the Catawba people. The museum includes various displays on the tribe's important chiefs, the unique practice of hand made pottery, and the evolution of Catawba life since...

The Return of Hemp

August 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Bails of hemp at a warehouse of the Columbian Rope Company, Auburn, NY, August 6, 1918.

(Originally broadcast 04/19/18) - Hemp was once one of the crops grown in South Carolina and exported to the world. That changed, however, when enforcement of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 effectively made possession or transfer of hemp illegal throughout the United States...

Let's Go | Fort Hill Plantation

August 1, 2019 - Posted in Digital by Sarah Pritchard
Fort Hill Plantation

William Hiott is the Executive Director & Chief Curator for Fort Hill Plantation. He guides us through the history of Fort Hill and its famous residents, John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson. Hiott also shares the unique history of the Calhoun and Clemson women who...

Dawson's Fall

July 29, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Roxana Robinso

In Dawson’s Fall (2019, MacMillan) novelist Roxana Robinson tells a story of America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robinson’s tale weaves her family’s journal entries and letters with a novelist’s narrative grace,...

Sister Cities: The Connection between Charleston and Freetown, Sierra Leone

July 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
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Dressed in a brightly colored, patterned dress and wearing stylishly large, black rimmed glasses, 51 year-old Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr flashes the most fantastic smile. The mayor of Freetown, Seirra Leone in West Africa has travelled more than 4,000 miles to visit Charleston and...

America's "South" of the Mind, 1960–1980

July 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The Byrds pop group arrives at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, June 23, 1970. The Byrds were one of many west-coast musical groups and solo artists to popularize music rooted in the rural South.

In his book, The South of the Mind: American Imaginings of White Southernness, 1960–1980 (2018, UGA Press), Zachary J. Lechner bridges the fields of southern studies and southern history in an effort to discern how conceptions of a tradition-bound, "timeless" South shaped...

"M" is for Myrtle Beach Pavilion

July 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "M" is for Myrtle Beach Pavilion. Located at 812 North Ocean Boulevard in the heart of Myrtle beach, the Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park’s eleven acres of roller coaster, thrill rides, go-kart tracks, arcades, shops, and games were part of a...

"P" is for Potter’s Raid (April 5-21, 1865)

July 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "P" is for Potter’s Raid (April 5-21, 1865). General Edward E. Potter’s raid into the lowcountry and central South Carolina was neither massive nor particularly crucial to Union victory. In March 1865, while the rest of Sherman’s army marched into...

"They Stole Him Out of Jail" - Willie Earle, South Carolina’s Last Lynching Victim

July 8, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Willi Earle

Willie Earle is shown in a police mug shot from a prior arrest, was taken from the jail and lynched by a group of whites in 1947. Credit Greenville Police Dept Before daybreak on February 17, 1947, twenty-four-year-old Willie Earle, an African American man arrested for the...

Chasing the Moon

July 1, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The Apollo 11 crewmen, still under a 21-day quarantine, are greeted by their wives.

Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke joins documentary producer/director Robert Stone to talk with Walter Edgar about the Space Race of the 1960s, and about making the documentary Chasing the Moon. Chasing the Moon , the upcoming American Experience documentary (premieres July...

Daniel Morgan: a Revolutionary Life

June 24, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
"Brig. Gen. Daniel Morgan"

On January 17, 1781, at Cowpens, South Carolina, the notorious British cavalry officer Banastre Tarleton and his legion were destroyed along with the cream of Lord Cornwallis’s troops. The man who planned and executed this stunning American victory was Daniel Morgan. Once a...

Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II

June 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Tarawa, Kiribati - U.S. Marines storm Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. The battle (November 20-23, 1943) was one of the bloodiest of WWII.

In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on a critical Japanese fortification on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor. The brutal...

Part 6: From Whence They Came | Beyond Barbados

June 17, 2019 - Posted in Carolina Stories by Dave Adams
Charleston

Gullah is the blending of all the cultures that came together during that horrible time in human history called the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The connection between Barbados and South Carolina is still prevalent today, especially in the Lowcountry: everything from the...

Part 5: A Cultural Hearth | Beyond Barbados

June 14, 2019 - Posted in Carolina Stories by Dave Adams
The Chattel House

The success of Barbados, Carolina, America, the New World for that matter is coterminous with slavery. The labor, the technology, the ingenuity, and the culture that supported this global economy is attributable to the enslavement of African people. Within this society is...

Part 4: Colony of a Colony | Beyond Barbados

June 13, 2019 - Posted in Carolina Stories by Dave Adams
native americans and colonists

Most of the colonists who settled in Carolina were wealthy English planters, with names such as Middleton, Drayton, Colleton, and Yeamans. The vast wealth accrued in Carolina was due to the success of rice plantations, and from trade between Carolina and Barbados. These...

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