SC History

The Glories of Grits

August 31, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Alfred Turner
The Glories of Grits

Grits. If you grew up in the South, you have likely eaten them. If you buy yours from the grocery store, though, you may never have really tasted the goodness of stone ground grits. This week, Walter Edgar talks grits with Greg Johnsman, of Geechee Boy Mills on Edisto...

South Carolina Between World Wars: The Impact of the New Deal

August 14, 2020 - Posted in History by Walter Edgar
A mural entitled "Past and Present Agriculture and Industry of Colleton County" painted by Sheffield Kagy in 1938

When the stock market crashed in 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, South Carolina was already in dire financial straits. Cotton prices had plummeted, even before the boll weevil had decimated the crop. Years of non-sustainable practices in cotton farming had ruined...

Ups and Downs: South Carolina’s Economy During World War I

August 7, 2020 - Posted in History by Mark Smith
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...

Fighting on Two Fronts: Black South Carolinians in World War I

July 20, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Alfred Turner
Unidentified African American soldier in uniform with marksmanship qualification badge and campaign hat

Upon the United States' entrance into World War I, President Woodrow Wilson told the nation that the war was being fought to "make the world safe for democracy." For many African-American South Carolinians, the chance to fight in this war was a way to prove their...

Conversations on S.C. History: Women and World War I

July 3, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Alfred Turner
Detail from a poster showing a Red Cross nurse with an American flag and the Red Cross symbol.

Prior to that World War I, South Carolina was a predominantly rural state, with a Black majority populaltion. The typical S.C. woman in 1916 was Black, and, if she was employed, she was likely an agricultural worker or a domestic worker. If she was White, a working woman...

Reconstruction and the African American Struggle for Equality in the South

June 22, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Alfred Turner
The first black U.S. senator and first black House members were elected by Southern states during Reconstruction.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has said, "Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. It is also among the most overlooked, misunderstood and misrepresented." For an overview of this fraught era in American history, Dr. Walter...

What Does Freedom Mean? The Agency of Black People Before and After Emancipation

June 17, 2020 - Posted in History by Walter Edgar
Juneteenth Celebration, Texas 1905

On June 19th, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. The news of Emancipation had finally come to the state. Today, this day is celebrated as Juneteenth. What did it mean to these...

Top 10 “Let’s Go!” Virtual Reality sites you can visit right now!

May 29, 2020 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
“Let’s Go!” enables visitors to view historic S.C. sites, anytime, anywhere!

South Carolina ETV’s Telly Award-winning virtual reality series “Let’s Go!” brings a collection of unique and fascinating sites throughout the state to the convenience of your computer and/or smart device! So, what are the top 10 “Let’s Go!” sites in South Carolina? Join us...

Charles H. Townes | SC Hall of Fame

May 28, 2020 - Posted in History
Charles H. Townes

Charles H. Townes was born in Greenville, South Carolina, July 28, 1915, and grew up on a farm. Townes studied at Furman and Duke Universities, then headed west to Cal Tech. After getting his Ph.D., Townes moved back east to work for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. As...

David Bancroft Johnson

May 26, 2020 - Posted in History
David Bancroft Johnson

As Superintendent of Schools in Columbia, South Carolina, David Bancroft Johnson saw the need for an institution that would focus on training teachers. He received funds from Robert Winthrop and the Peabody Education Board in Boston, Massachusetts, and founded Winthrop...

William "Singing Billy" Walker​​

May 23, 2020 - Posted in History
William "Singing Billy" Walker​​

"Amazing Grace: The Story of William "Singing Billy" Walker is about the Spartanburg resident, religious music composer and publisher. Walker became famous in the mid 1800's for changing the way people learned to sing traditional hymns. William Walker became famous for...

Thomas Green Clemson

May 22, 2020 - Posted in History
Thomas Green Clemson

Thomas Green Clemson was born in Philadelphia in 1807. In 1838 he married Anna Maria Calhoun, daughter of South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun. Clemson served as U.S. ambassador to Belgium and later Superintendent of Agricultural Affairs in Washington. After the Civil War...

Charles Pinckney | SC Hall of Fame

May 21, 2020 - Posted in History
Charles Pinckney

Statesman Charles Pinckney's beliefs helped forge the United States Constitution. Fluent in five languages, yet educated and reared entirely on South Carolina soil, this man was elected four times to serve as Governor of South Carolina. He was a South Carolina state...

Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II

May 18, 2020 - Posted in History 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...

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney | SC Hall of Fame

May 14, 2020 - Posted in History
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

5-minute historical visualization of the biography of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney who is an example of the enormous contribution South Carolinians made to the formation of the government of the United States and our way of life, told through the accounts of researchers and...

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