South Carolina Between World Wars: Politics

Jan 13, 2020

James F. Byrnes. During his ten years in the Senate, Byrnes championed President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
Credit Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information

This week on Walter Edgar's Journal, our third program on South Carolina Between the World Wars, features Dr. Vernon Burton of Clemson University, in conversation with Walter Edgar about the politics of the period. During this time, State politics remained a politics very much based on friends and neighbors – white friends and neighbors, at least. Coming out of the relative progressivism of the First World War, politics took a swing back to conservativism which ran headlong into the federal programs and policies of the New Deal – polices which helped the state start digging out of the depression.  On the national scene, South Carolinians played major roles helping create and forward the strategies of the New Deal.

Dr. Vernon Burton, the Judge Matthew J. Perry Distinguished Chair of History at Clemson University, talks with Walter Edgar about the politics of the times and how they both changed, and, remained the same.

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