History

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 David Sanford 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 David Sanford 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 David Sanford 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...

Part 3: The Barbados Adventures | Beyond Barbados

June 12, 2019 - Posted in Carolina Stories by David Sanford Adams
Ship out at sea

With the success of the sugarcane crop, Barbados quickly became the wealthiest colony in the New World, and the most densely populated place on the planet. Successful colonists lived lavish lifestyles, however, it came at a price: the island experienced total deforestation...

Part 2: Sweet Success | Beyond Barbados

June 11, 2019 - Posted in Carolina Stories by David Sanford Adams
Barbadian guiding a horse pulling a cart

Dutch Sephardic Jewish colonists moved from Brazil to Barbados to escape the religious persecution of the Spanish Inquisition. These Sephardic Jews brought with them the knowledge to produce a highly sought after commodity in Europe: Sugarcane. The production of sugarcane...

Part 1: In the Beginning | Beyond Barbados

June 10, 2019 - Posted in Carolina Stories by David Sanford Adams
Colonization of Barbados

Most people today understand that the Carolinas were colonized by the English who had come to the Charleston area by way of Caribbean trade routes, primarily Barbados. The story of Barbados is as unique as the island itself. Like the United States, Barbados is an amalgam of...

War Stuff: The Struggle Between Armies and Civilians During the American Civil War

June 10, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
"Return of a Foraging Party to Philippi, Virginia"

In War Stuff: The Struggle for Human and Environmental Resources in the American Civil War , her path-breaking work on the American Civil War, Joan E. Cashin explores the struggle between armies and civilians over the resources necessary to wage war. This war 'stuff'...

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