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"U" is for the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

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"U" is for the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The denomination was formed in 1958 with the union of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the United Presbyterian Church in North America. Long-established lowcountry black congregations were part of the United Presbyterian Church. In 1861 when the South seceded from the union, the denomination had divided into northern and southern branches. After the war, black Presbyterians withdrew from white churches. With the assistance of northern missionaries and money, they organized an extensive school system built around local congregations. By 1917 there were 47 Presbyterian schools in the state on Edisto Island and in Irmo, Aiken, Cheraw, and Chester.  In 1983, the southern branch of the Presbyterian Church joined with the United Presbyterian Church to form the Presbyterian Church [USA].

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.