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Open Gallery Talk Feb. 20 at noon: "From 'savoury smells' to 'a most notorious thief': The South Caroliniana Library's Contributions to "Working on the Dock of the Bay"

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
 
Dr. Michael D. Thompson will present a gallery talk on his new book, Working on the Dock of the Bay, which explores the history of waterfront labor and laborers - black and white, enslaved and free, native and immigrant - in Charleston, South Carolina, between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The book emphasizes workers' myriad struggles to shape the terms of their labor and lives, and explains how a predominantly enslaved workforce laid the groundwork for a robust and effectual association of mostly black dock workers shortly after emancipation. This talk will highlight several significant archival contributions from USC's South Caroliniana Library in Columbia.
The gallery talk is at noon. Open gallery hours are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.