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“D” is for Dawson, Francis Warrington (1840-1889)

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“D” is for Dawson, Francis Warrington (1840-1889). Journalist. A native of England, Dawson was a romanticist who espoused the Southern cause in the Civil War. In 1862 he joined the crew of a Confederate cruiser to run the U.S. Navy blockade. He went on to serve in the Confederate army and was wounded three times. After the war he worked for several Richmond newspapers and moved to Charleston in 1866. In 1867 he and a partner acquired a share of the Charleston News and in 1873 they bought the Charleston Courier. They combined the two papers as the News and Courier with Dawson as the editor. Dawson was one of the leading New South advocates who promoted building cotton mills, and diversifying agriculture, including the introduction of tobacco. Francis Warrington Dawson was also fiercely opposed to lynching.

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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.