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Establishment of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research at U of SC

Monday was a momentous day at the Hollings Library as the University announced the creation of the Center for Civil Rights History and Research. Here are some excerpts from the news release: University President Harris Pastides announced the creation of … Continue reading

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Governor Robert E. McNair

In 1979, I came to South Carolina to work for the state Department of Archives and History.  At that time, the Archives was engaged in a major oral history project documenting the gubernatorial term (1965-1971) of Robert McNair (1923-2007).  In … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Martha Edens

Martha Edens was laid to rest yesterday. Among her many achievements, she played an important role in the rise of South Carolina’s Republican Party. Ms. Edens took an interest in South Carolina Political Collections soon after we were created in … Continue reading

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Congressman, Gentleman, Friend: Remembering Floyd D. Spence

Politicians are typically “people persons.” They like people and want to serve, to do good things that help their constituents. That constituent base might take the form of a neighborhood, a city, a congressional district, a state, or the nation. … Continue reading

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The Passing of a Giant

Olin Dewitt Talmadge Johnston (1896-1965) served as S.C. Governor (1935-1939 & 1943-1945) and U.S. Senator (1945 until his death in office).  Shortly after he died, his family donated to the University an extensive collection of personal papers and memorabilia.  Johnston’s … Continue reading

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Oh, for a Rose by ANY Other Name!

You never know what may show up in political collections.  Among some recently-acquired material, we discovered evidence of one organization’s rather optimistic effort to shake up Congress. As a response to the news that only 14% of Americans in 2013 … Continue reading

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A Great Scholar and a Big Man — Bob Moore & Ike Williams

We are currently at work arranging and describing the papers of retired Columbia College history professor Robert Moore. Bob is one of South Carolina’s premier scholars on the Civil Rights movement. He has focused particularly on Matthew Perry’s leadership in … Continue reading

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A Judicial Temperament: Donald S. Russell

For July and August, SCPC has mounted in our Brittain Gallery a small exhibit celebrating the life of Donald S. Russell (1906-1998). As I have written in the past, few individuals achieve the success that Donald Russell enjoyed, fewer still … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Moore Summer Intern

By Chandler White I became aware of the Moore Summer Internship through my academic adviser at the University of Tennessee, where I am a second year graduate student. I made the decision to apply due to my dual interests in … Continue reading

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The Confederate Battle Flag: A Controversy Re-ignited…and Resolved?

The Confederate Battle Flag was raised over the South Carolina State House in 1962 to commemorate the centennial of the Civil War. It remained there until 2000, and even with its move to a flagpole near the Confederate memorial, its … Continue reading

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