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Voices in the Wilderness: Southerners who Opposed Secession

Each April on the anniversary of the first shots of the Civil War, many romanticize the Confederacy and the Lost Cause. Given the extensive coverage of famous battles, generals, and the devastating loss of life, we might be forgiven for … Continue reading

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Watch Free Webinar on The Power of Digitization: Digitizing Historical SC Newspapers at the SCDNP

******* Have you heard about the SC Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) and would like to know more about what we do and which historical SC newspapers we are digitizing? Would you like to learn more about how to search and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Progressive Era in Historical SC Newspapers: 1900-1920s

The Progressive Era The Progressive Era began around 1900 and continued into the late 1920s and marked sweeping changes in social issues, technology, and government involvement in everyday people’s lives. Social issues such as child labor, women’s suffrage, prohibition, the … Continue reading

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Finding that Needle in the Haystack: The Power of Full Text Searching in Chronicling America

Imagine scrolling through the microfilm reels, at your local library, hoping to uncover that one small mention on your research topic: a name, an event, a place. Perhaps, discovering that one piece of information takes hours, days, or more…Now, imagine, … Continue reading

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South Carolina State House Under Construction:1854-1907

Did you know that it took 53 years (1854- 1907) and six different architects to complete the construction of the South Carolina State House? That originally a square tower, rather than a dome, was to top the statehouse? Or, that … Continue reading

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Celebrating Hanukkah in Historical S.C. Newspapers

There are several interesting articles in historical S.C. newspapers that describe the significance, and interesting history, of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. As you might know, S.C. has a long and proud Jewish heritage. Its first Jewish settlers immigrated to … Continue reading

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This Kid’s Going Places! Strom Thurmond’s Childhood in Historical S.C. Newspapers

Strom Thurmond, the iconic South Carolina politician who lived to 100 years old and who died in 2003 shortly after retiring as United States Senator, was born 109 years ago today. A lot is known about Thurmond’s 75 years in … Continue reading

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Things that Go Bump in the Night: Ghost Tales Found in Historical S.C. Newspapers

Just had fun searching Halloween-related terms in our newspapers and came up with some fun ghost stories. Have a look. Spectres, Disembodied Spirits, Apparitions, and Ghosts will be found in this compilation of Old World ghost tales, in The daily … Continue reading

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Mama Don’t Dance and Your Daddy Don’t Rock N’ Roll

I happened across several amusing articles in Chronicling America, on the sins of dancing, in 19th century historical South Carolina newspapers. Interestingly, each of these articles was published in the Keowee courier (Pickens, S.C.), in upstate South Carolina over a … Continue reading

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The colorful history of Glenn Springs, South Carolina, 19th century healing springs and summer resort

Passing through the hamlet of Glenn Springs in rural Spartanburg, S.C., today, few would suppose that this remote crossroads was once a thriving hotspot of the summer season in 19th century South Carolina. From 1825 when John B. Glenn opened … Continue reading

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Professor Lowe’s 1861 Balloon Voyage to Union, S.C.

Eight days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, Professor Thaddeus Lowe, a self taught scientist conducting ground breaking work in the field of aeronautics, embarked on a 500 mile hot air balloon voyage from Cincinnati, Ohio. … Continue reading

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Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette!

This fun cigarette advertising campaign for Sovereign Cigarettes, which personified a cigarette as a southern child of good breeding and manners, appeared in the Watchman and Southron (Sumter, S.C.) newspaper in January and February 1917. He’s a darling little fellow, … Continue reading

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The 1903 Tillman-Gonzales Affair: South Carolina’s “Crime of the Century”

In the shadow of the South Carolina State House stands a monument. Most that pass it each day on this busy street corner in Columbia are perhaps unaware for whom the monument was erected more than a century ago or … Continue reading

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“Chronicles of the Electric City” A brief history of the Anderson Intelligencer

Craig Keeney, Published Materials Cataloger at the South Caroliniana Library here at USC and one of our Principal Investigators of the SCDNP, has composed fascinating essays about each of the South Carolina newspapers digitized in Chronicling America. These essays or … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years Hence: 1911′s futuristic vision of the year 2011

Here’s a fun futuristic article published in 1911, titled One Hundred Years Hence, imagining what life might be like in the year 2011. The future is set on February 1, 2011, today’s date! You can click here to read the … Continue reading

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Acting Bears, Sacred Bulls, Performing Dogs… the Big Top is Arriving Soon.

Here in 21st century Columbia, the circus will be passing through town soon. Some of the earliest pictorial advertisements in post-bellum South Carolina newspapers are advertisements for the circus. Below are examples of fanciful circus advertisements printed in the Columbia … Continue reading

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"Come bring with a noise my merry merry boys the Christmas log to the firing…"

A search for “Christmas” brings up a lot of gems worth reading in SC newspapers on Chronicling America. To search for yourself, you can go to the Search Newspaper Pages at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/. The following is an excerpt of a fun … Continue reading

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"Our city shall spring from her ashes." A brief history of the Columbia Phoenix.

Craig Keeney, Published Materials Cataloger at the South Caroliniana Library here at USC and one of our Principal Investigators of the SCDNP, has composed several fascinating essays about each of the South Carolina newspapers digitized in Chronicling America. These essays … Continue reading

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Madame Sosnowski, noteworthy citizen of Columbia, South Carolina

While reading the Columbia Phoenix online in Chronicling America, I ran across a brief article printed on March 28, 1865. The editors of the Phoenix wished to make quite clear that a highly regarded citizen of Columbia had NOT followed … Continue reading

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Sack and Destruction of Columbia

Read William Gilmore Simm’s vivid account of the sack and destruction of Columbia by General Sherman’s army. Readers will find the commentary on saving the South Caroliniana Library and other buildings on the Horseshoe of particular interest. To read the … Continue reading

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