SC History

"S" is for Summerville

December 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

Credit SC Public Radio "S" is for Summerville (Dorchester County; 2010 population 42,210). Summerville was established as a summer refuge for plantation owners of St. George’s Dorchester and St. Paul’s parishes. Prior to 1831 Summerville had few year-round residents, but...

Dawson's Fall

November 25, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson Credit Beowulf Sheehan/Post and Courier Books In Dawson’s Fall (2019, MacMillan), a novel based on the lives of Roxana Robinson’s great-grandparents, the author tells a story of America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston...

Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age?

November 18, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson returned to the Oval Office, so to speak, in 2017, when President Donald Trump hung the 7th President’s portrait there. Jackson remains one of the most studied and controversial figures in American history. Historian Charles Grier Sellers says, "Andrew...

The Charleston Church Massacre and Journey to Forgiveness

October 21, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
 Charleston, SC, on Sunday morning, July 21, 2015.

On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine...

Preserving South Carolina's Endangered Sacred Spaces

October 14, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Balcony seating originally designed for enslaved persons attending services at Trinity Episcopal Church, Abbeville, SC

For almost 30 years, Preservation South Carolina has been dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic and irreplaceable architectural heritage of South Carolina. Executive Director Michael Bedenbaugh and board member join Walter Edgar to talk about some of their...

150 Years of Fun at the SC State Fair

October 11, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Brandie Perron
State Fair

The SC State Fair is celebrating 150 years and to celebrate the festivities historian and author Dr. Rodger Stroup is releasing a new book, called "Meet Me At The Rocket." Palmetto Scene sat down with him to discuss the vast history of the State Fair and some of the...

An Edgefield Planter and His World: The 1840s Journals of Whitfield Brooks

October 7, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Whitfield Brooks's most notorious son: "Preston S. Brooks. Representative in Congress of the U.S. from South Carolina." Circa 1857

In his thoroughly researched and meticulously foot-noted publication, An Edgefield Planter and His World: The 1840s Journals of Whitfield Brooks (2019, Mercer University Press) Dr. James O. Farmer, Jr., opens a window on the life of an elite family and its circle in a now...

The Battle of Kings Mountain and the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution

September 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
John Slaughter, Superintendent of US Park Service's Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks group.

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a military engagement between Patriot and Loyalist militias during the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War, resulting in a decisive victory for the Patriots. The battle took place on October 7, 1780, in what is now rural...

How the Blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard Changed the Course of America’s Civil Rights History

September 23, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The Detroit tribune, November 23, 1946: a notice that Isaac Woodard will speak at an NAACP event.

In this week's episode of Walter Edgar's Journal, Richard Gergel details the impact of the 1946 blinding of Sergeant Isaac Woodard on both President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, and traces their influential roles in changing the course of America's civil...

"S" is for Spartanburg Methodist College

September 23, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
South Carolina From A to Z

"S" is for Spartanburg Methodist College. Spartanburg Methodist College is a four-year institution related to the United Methodist Church and located in western Spartanburg County. The college traces its roots to the Textile Industrial Institute (TII) founded in 1911 by...

Remembering Cokie Roberts

September 17, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Cokie Roberts

Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts has died at age 75. Roberts joined NPR in 1978, the start of a remarkable career that led her to ABC News in 1988, though she remained on NPR as a commentator until her death. Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer,...

The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe

September 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Cleveland, in 1913.

In his new novel, The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe (2019, Chickadee Prince), Granville Wyche Burgess imagines Shoeless Joe Jackson, the outfielder disgraced in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, living in Greenville, South Carolina, and finding that sports history has one more...

Remembering Hurricane Hugo

September 9, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
NOAA satellite infrared image of Hurrricane Hugo, 12:01 a.m., Sept. 22, 1989.

Thirty years ago this month, the strongest and most costly hurricane to strike South Carolina in the 20th century made landfall. Hurricane Hugo was a Category 4 storm when it came ashore just slightly north of Charleston, on Isle of Palms on September 22. The hurricane had...

Country Music USA

September 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Dwight Yoakam plays a Martin D-28 guitar.

Since its first publication in 1968, Bill C. Malone’s Country Music USA has won universal acclaim as the definitive history of American country music. Starting with the music’s folk roots in the rural South, it traces country music from the early days of radio into the...

The Catawba Cultural Center | Let’s Go!

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...

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