Walter Edgar's Journal

Walter Edgar's Journal

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Conversations on South Carolina: The State and the New Nation, 1783-1828 - Slavery in South Carolina

For the second lecture in this four-part series of Conversations on South Carolina: The State and the New Nation, 1783-1828 , Dr. Larry Watson discusses slavery in South Carolina. Professor Watson is Associate Professor of History & Adjunct Professor of History South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina. He is author of numerous articles on African American life in the American South. This series of public conversations is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Southern Studies Institute at the University of South Carolina. All Stations: Fri, Feb 24, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Feb 26, 4 pm

Conversations on South Carolina: The State and the New Nation, 1783-1828 - Slavery in South Carolina

Conversations on South Carolina: The State and the New Nation, 1783-1828 - The Importance of Cotton

Dr. Peter Coclanis, the Albert Ray Newsome Distinguished Professor & Director of the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, joins Dr. Edgar for the first of a series of Conversations on South Carolina: The State and the New Nation, 1783-1828 . Professor Coclanis, author of The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920 , will discuss the importance of cotton to the state's economy. This series of public conversations is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Southern Studies Institute , and was recorded at Capstone Conference Center in Columbia. All Stations: Fri, Feb 17, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Feb 19, 4 pm

Conversations on South Carolina: The State and the New Nation, 1783-1828 - The Importance of Cotton

"B" is for Black River

"B" is for Black River. The Black River takes its name from its tea-colored waters. The river begins in the Sandhills of Lee County, and is joined at Rocky Bluff Swamp near Sumter. The Pocotaligo River flows into the Black between Manning and Kingstree. In some places the river is swamp like, while in others it is swift moving with a sandy bottom. After travelling over 150 miles through four counties, the Black River becomes part of the Great Pee Dee River near Georgetown. With the exception of the town of Kingstree and the final stretch in Georgetown County, the banks of the river remain forested and largely undisturbed by development. Today the Black River Basin is primarily a resource for timbering, hunting, and fishing. In 2001 seventy-five miles of the Black River in Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Georgetown Counties became a state scenic river.

Finding the Lost Fort San Marcos

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the founder and first governor of La Florida, established several outposts in what is now the southeastern United States. One was at St. Augustine in 1565 and another in 1566 at the former French outpost of Charlesfort, now known as Santa Elena. In total, the colony of Santa Elena lasted for little more than two decades, as the Spanish abandoned the town in 1587. In the summer of 2016, the Santa Elena Foundation announced that Dr. Chester DePratter and Dr. Victor Thompson had located the long-lost Fort San Marcos, which was built on the Santa Elena site in 1577. Dr. Thompson, of the Center for Archaeological Sciences and the Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia , Athens, GA; and Dr. DePratter, of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at USC , talk with Walter Edgar about how the site of the fort was discovered using non-invasive techniques.

Creating a Better Way to Learn

English naturalist Mark Catesby's love of exploration and learning lives on through a new program, entitled Creating a Better Way to Learn , developed by the Catesby Commemorative Trust in association with local educational entities. The Trust is working actively with the School of Education at the College of Charleston, SCETV, and curriculum specialists at the Charleston County School District on this program, developing lesson plans and innovative tools that will improve the learning experience for students across South Carolina and beyond. Creating a Better Way to Learn involves the very successful project/problem teaching approach used in high school college-credit advance placement classes, and adopting its use starting in the elementary grades. Lesson plans for science, social studies and art will include material from CCT's award-winning book, The Curious Mister Catesby: A "Truly Ingenious" Naturalist Explores New Worlds , as well as material from Catesby's Natural History of

Speaking Down Barriers

Speaking Down Barriers is a non-profit group created by Marlanda Dekine and Scott Neely with a goal to "[transform] our life together across our differences through performance, consultation, trainings, and dialogue." Dekine and Neely join Dr. Edgar to talk about the program's efforts and goals.

Flowers for the Living

Sandra E. Johnson talks with Walter Edgar about her latest novel, Flowers for the Living . The novel tells the story of how a suicidal African-American teenager's forcing a young white cop to kill him devastates the teenager's mother as well the rookie cop. It also sparks a massive race riot and puts the mother and rookie in the cross hairs of a deranged gunman. The only place Emma Jennings, the mother, and Russell "Rusty" Carter, Jr., the cop, find refuge from the chaos engulfing them is the teenager's serenely beautiful grave. Through initially awkward meetings there, Emma and Rusty establish a bond that they must ultimately rely on to rebuild their lives and help heal their city. All Stations: Fri, Jan 06, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Jan 08, 4 pm

We Are Charleston

(Originally broadcast 08/19/16) - This week's guests on Walter Edgar's Journal are the authors of the book We Are Charleston (2016 Thomas Nelson), a multi-layered exploration of the tragic events experienced by South Carolina's famed Mother Emanuel in June of 2015. Written by Herb Frazier (award-winning journalist and childhood member of Mother Emanuel), Dr. Bernard Edward Powers (A.M.E. Church member and professor of history at the College of Charleston) and Marjory Wentworth (South Carolina's Poet Laureate), the book is based on extensive interviews with family and friends of "The Emanuel Nine" – the church members who lost their lives on June 17, 2015, when a young man opened fire on a prayer meeting at the church. We Are Charleston details the 230-year history of the A.M.E. Church – the largest body of African-American Methodists with 7.5 million m embers world-wide – and its role in America's social justice story from slavery to the civil rights movement. The book also discusses

Garden...and Gun?

(Originally broadcast 09/03/16) - Yes, Garden & Gun — a magazine that covers "the best of the South," including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas. With a national audience of more than one million passionate and engaged readers, the magazine has won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and overall excellence. The publication was launched in the Spring of 2007. The company and editorial team are headquartered in Charleston, SC, with advertising sales offices across the United States. Joining Dr. Edgar to talk about the founding and success of Garden and Gun are Rebecca Wesson Darwin, Founder, President and CEO; and David DiBenedetto, Senior VP and Editor in Chief. All Stations: Fri, Dec 23, 12 pm | News Stations: Sun, Dec 25, 4 pm

The Cantaloupe Thief

In the new novel, The Cantaloupe Thief (2016, Lion Fiction), protagonist Branigan Powers decides that too many people are staying silent about a ten-year-old murder case. Powers, an journalist, knows a good story when she sees one—and the ten-year-old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick's murder definitely makes the cut. Now Branigan must do some serious digging to get her story. She knows the town's homeless community might have seen something; she also knows that the local cops wouldn't have thought of questioning these often-invisible people. There's a big problem, though: as Branigan starts digging, the homeless start dying. Set in the fictional small town of Grambling, Georgia, The Cantaloupe Thief is the first in a new mystery series by Deb Richardson-Moore. The author is herself a former journalist and works extensively with the homeless as pastor of the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, lending weight to her portrayal of a believable and engaging whodunit.

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