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Ups and Downs: South Carolina’s Economy During World War I

Spinners and doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., circa 1912.
Library of Congress/Hine, Lewis Wickes
Spinners and doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., circa 1912.

South Carolina in 1918 was still struggling with the changes to its economic and social systems brought about by the Civil War and Reconstruction. The United States’ entry into World War I affected the daily work life of South Carolinians and the state’s economy in a way that was unique to our state.

This week, guest host, Dr. Mark Smith of the University of South Carolina, talks with Dr. James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding Professor of History Emeritus of the University of Georgia,  about South Carolina’s Economy during World War I. This conversation was recorded at the University of South Carolina’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on February 13, 2018. It was part of the series “Conversations on South Carolina History,” presented in January and February, 2018, and sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences.

- Originally broadcast 03/09/18 - 

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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.