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From books to barbecue, and current events to Colonial history, historian and author Walter Edgar delves into the arts, culture, and history of South Carolina and the American South. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.

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From books to barbecue, and current events to Colonial history, historian and author Walter Edgar delves into the arts, culture, and history of South Carolina and the American South. Produced by South Carolina Public Radio.

    The Carolina Frontier

    The Carolina Frontier

    ​In his book, C arolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756 - 1763 , (2015, UNC Press) Dr. Daniel J. Tortora, assistant professor of history at Colby College, explores how the Anglo-Cherokee War reshaped the political and cultural landscape of the colonial South. Tortora joins Walter Edgar for a discussion of these events in one of a a series of public conversations, “Conversations on Colonial and Revolutionary South Carolina,” presented in 2016 by the

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    Why Southern Identity Still Matters

    Why Southern Identity Still Matters

    The American South has experienced remarkable change over the past half century. Black voter registration has increased, the region’s politics have shifted, and in-migration has increased its population many fold. At the same time, many outward signs of regional distinctiveness have faded. But two professors of political science write that these changes have allowed for new types of Southern identity to emerge.

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    Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II

    Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II

    In November 1943, Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. was mortally wounded while leading a successful assault on a critical Japanese fortification on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor. The brutal, bloody 76-hour battle would ultimately claim the lives of more than 1,100 Marines and 5,000 Japanese forces. But Bonnyman's remains, along with those of hundreds of other Marines, were hastily buried and lost to history

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    "They Stole Him Out of Jail" - Willie Earle, South Carolina's Last Lynching Victim

    "They Stole Him Out of Jail" - Willie Earle, South Carolina's Last Lynching Victim

    In They Stole Him Out of Jail (2019, USC Press), William B. Gravely presents the most comprehensive account of the Willie Earle's lynching ever written, exploring it from background to aftermath and from multiple perspectives. Gravely meticulously re-creates the case’s details, analyzing the flaws in the investigation and prosecution that led in part to the acquittals. Vivid portraits emerge of key figures in the story, including both Earle and cab driver T. W. Brown, Solicitor Robert T. Ashmore

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    Living by Inches: Captivity in Civil War Prisons

    Living by Inches: Captivity in Civil War Prisons

    From battlefields, boxcars, and forgotten warehouses to notorious prison camps like Andersonville and Elmira, prisoners seemed to be everywhere during the American Civil War. Yet there is much we do not know about the soldiers and civilians whose very lives were in the hands of their enemies. On this week’s Journal , Dr. Edgar talks with Dr. Evan Kutzler about Living by Inches (2019. UNC Press) , the first book to examine how imprisoned men in the Civil War perceived captivity through the basic

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    Go Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business with Matt and Ted Lee

    Go Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business with Matt and Ted Lee

    This week on Walter Edgar's Journal , Mat Lee and Ted Lee drop in to talk about their new book, Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business (2019, Henry Holt). In Hotbox , the Lee brothers take on the competitive, wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of a food business few home cooks or restaurant chefs ever experience. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, the Lee brothers steeped themselves in the catering business for four years, learning the

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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46 Ratings

Jeffrey Fitz ,

Edgar’s Excellence

My name is Jeff Fitz. I grew up in Lexington and have been fascinated about history and local history in particular. From my interest in the old barn ruins and grave sites scattered about the woods and fields of my youth. To my realization of the origins of the courthouse from the New Deal. Dr. Edgar always provides a thorough and thoughtful portrayal of our illustrious history with an emphasis towards our Sandlapper place in it.
Thanks for your wonderful “History of South Carolina” hardback book and your very educational and entertaining podcast.

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