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  • Two of four slave cabins restored at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. May 17, 2023
    Victoria Hansen
    South Carolina Public Radio
    This week we're talking with Joseph McGill and Herb Frazier, authors of Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery (2023, Hachette).Since founding the Slave Dwelling Project in 2010, Joseph McGill has been spending the night in slave dwellings throughout the South, but also the in North and in the West, where people are often surprised to learn that such structures exist. Events and gatherings arranged around these overnight stays have provided a unique way to understand the complex history of slavery. McGill and Frazier talk with us about how the project got started and about the sometimes obscured or ignored aspects of the history in the United States.
  • Bombardment of Fort Sumter
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    From the collections of Fort Sumter Fort Moultrie National Historical Park
    This week we'll be talking with Richard Hatcher, author of the book, Thunder in the Harbor: Fort Sumter and the Civil War. Construction of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor began after British forces captured and occupied Washington during the War of 1812 via a naval attack. The fort was still incomplete in 1861 when the Battle of Fort Sumter occurred, sparking the American Civil War.In writing Thunder in the Harbor, Rick Hatcher conducted the first modern study to document the fort from its origins up to its transfer to the National Park Service in 1948.
Latest Episodes of the SC Lede
  • Statehouse budget writers have an additional $600 million to use in the state budget that is currently being debated in a conference committee. Lawmakers are expected to pass it later next month.
    Gavin Jackson
    On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 21, 2024: a look at the political calendar for the week; Sen. Tim Scott on VP speculation and his thoughts on RFK, Jr.; updates from the 1st and 4th congressional district primaries, including who isn’t debating ahead of the June 11 primary; and more!
  • A clipping from the Sept. 12, 1963, edition of The State newspaper a day after the University of South Carolina was racially integrated.
    The State newspaper
    On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for May 18, 2024, we’re looking back at the 60th anniversary of racial integration of the University of South Carolina, the same week as the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court; Gavin Jackson’s April 19th conversation with USC history professor Dr. Bobby Donaldson and Dr. Henrie Monteith Treadwell; and more!
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