Walter Edgar


Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his A.B. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens. In 1972 he joined the faculty of the History Department and in 1980 was named director of the Institute for Southern Studies. Dr. Edgar is the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies and the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History. He retired from USC in 2012. He has written or edited numerous books about South Carolina and the American South, including South Carolina: A History, the first new history of the state in more than 60 years. With more than 37,000 copies in print and an audio edition, it has been a publishing phenomenon. Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution is in its fourth printing. He is also the editor of the South Carolina Encyclopedia.

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"T" is for Tillman, Benjamin Ryan [1847-1918]. U.S. Senator. Governor. During the 1880s Tillman presented himself as the champion of "the farmers" against lawyers, politicians, merchants, and "aristocrats" whom he blamed for the economic hardship of white agricultural households. As the champion of a proposed agricultural college, he won the governorship in 1890. He established the Dispensary—a state liquor monopoly—and backed a referendum for a constitutional convention.

"S" is for St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish. Located in the peninsula formed by the Cooper and Wando Rivers in modern Berkeley County, St. Thomas and St. Denis were two of the ten original parishes created by the Church Act of 1706. It was colonial South Carolina's only parish within a parish. In 1706 the entire peninsula—with an English-speaking majority—was organized as St. Thomas Parish. But, in order to accommodate the French-speaking minority—the parish of St.

"R" is for Redcliffe

Jun 20, 2017

"R" is for Redcliffe. Redcliffe, an antebellum mansion near Beech Island in western Aiken County, was the home place of governor James Henry Hammond and three generations of his descendants. Redcliffe served as a home place and an architectural and horticultural showplace. Transitional Greek revival in style, the structure also displays restrained Italianate elements, unusual for South Carolina. A spectacular center hall, 53 feet long and 20 feet wide dominates the interior.

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York, SC, Mayor Ed Lee, and Reba Hull Campbell, Deputy Executive Director, Municipal Association of South Carolina join  Walter Edgar to talk about the challenges to economic growth faced by small towns in South Carolina, the history of those challenges, and the strategies many are using to promote such growth in the 21st century.

All Stations: Fri, June 23, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, June 25, 4 pm

"P" is for Patent Medicines. Like other English colonies, South Carolina dosed itself primarily with medications from Great Britain; but, there were some home-manufactured remedies. One, produced in Charleston, promised to cure everything from the flux and fevers to worms. After the Revolution the number of American-made nostrums increased, but most of them were produced in the North. Among the local patent medicines were Pellagricide and Ez-X-Ba, manufactured in Spartanburg and promoted as a cure for pellagra. William F.