Tag: South Carolina

The Knife’s Edge of Ruin

The Knife’s Edge of Ruin

Madison W. Cates

This article uses largely untapped source collections to show how African Americans built movements for economic and environmental justice in Lowcountry South Carolina by the early 1970s. Looking at the area around Hilton Head Island, the essay starts by explaining how Black Gullah communities faced devastating land loss due to economic, legal, and demographic pressures. Into this context, the BASF company announced plans in late 1969 to build a petrochemical plant just west of Hilton Head. Although many Black leaders saw the plant increasing the purchasing power of their communities, others dissented out of concerns for industrial pollution’s threat to maritime industries. By June 1970, a temporary alliance between a Black fishing cooperative, white developers, and white retirees defeated the project. By studying these unusual alliances, this article helps explain how Black southerners shaped national debates about environmentalism even as Hilton Head became a well-preserved but exclusive landscape.

Babylon Is Falling

Babylon Is Falling

Dale Rosengarten
The Fishing Village of McClellanville, South Carolina

The Fishing Village of McClellanville, South Carolina

Vennie Deas Moore
“Return and Get It”: Developing McLeod Plantation as a Shared Space of Historical Memory

“Return and Get It”: Developing McLeod Plantation as a Shared Space of Historical Memory

Brian Graves
“Those who complain often don’t come back”: Stories of Migrant Life

“Those who complain often don’t come back”: Stories of Migrant Life

Kyle Warren, with photos by interns for Student Action with Farmworkers
Unburied Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe and the South Carolina Lowcountry

Unburied Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe and the South Carolina Lowcountry

Scott Peeples with Michelle Van Parys
The Novel as Social History: Erskine Caldwell’s “God’s Little Acre” and Class Relations in the New South

The Novel as Social History: Erskine Caldwell’s “God’s Little Acre” and Class Relations in the New South

Bryant Simon
The Affable Journalist as Social Critic: Ben Robertson and the Early Twentieth-Century South

The Affable Journalist as Social Critic: Ben Robertson and the Early Twentieth-Century South

Lacy K. Ford
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary

Cole Blease Graham Jr.
A Fabric of Defeat The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910–1948 by Bryant Simon (Review)

A Fabric of Defeat The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910–1948 by Bryant Simon (Review)

Alex Lichtenstein
The Plantation Tradition in an Urban Setting: The Case of the Aiken-Rhett House in Charleston, South Carolina

The Plantation Tradition in an Urban Setting: The Case of the Aiken-Rhett House in Charleston, South Carolina

John Michael Vlach
Saints’ Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer (Music Review)

Saints’ Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer (Music Review)

Gavin James Campbell