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South Carolina Between World Wars: Politics

James F. Byrnes. During his ten years in the Senate, Byrnes championed President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
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.

All Stations: Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jan 19, 4 pm

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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.