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“K” is for Keyserling, Harriet (1922-2010)

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South Carolina from A to Z: “K” is for Keyserling, Harriet (1922-2010). Legislator

“K” is for Keyserling, Harriet (1922-2010). Legislator. Born in New York, Keyserling married a Beaufort native and moved to his hometown. She went from volunteer leader to political activist, first as a member of Beaufort County Council and winning election to the South Carolina House of Representatives. Keyserling led successful efforts to improve state funding for the arts, became a major critic of state policy on nuclear waste storage, and provided an influential voice on broad policy issues involving energy. She joined with a small group of progressives, the self-styled “Crazy Caucus,” that fought for “the public interest against special interests.” The story of Harriet Keyserling’s transition from a transplanted New York liberal Jewish housewife to an eight-term member of the South Carolina legislature is told in her memoir, Against the Tide.

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.