South Carolina Historical Association

2012 SC Historical Association Annual Meeting

SC Department of Archives and History,
Columbia, SC Saturday 3 March

9:00- 10:15 AM

Panel 1- Civil War: Technological impact vs. honor and values

Chair and Commentator: Eric Emerson, Director, SC Department of Archives and History

1.       “Instant Text Messages of the 1860s: President Lincoln’s Office And the Origins of Modern War Signals Communication,”

a.        David S. Clark, DeKalb Co. Public Schools, Atlanta

2.       “ ‘He Ordered the First Gun Fired & He Resigned First’: James Chesnut, Southern Honor, and Emotion,”

a.       Anna Koivusalo, University of Helsinki Graduate student

3.       “Onward Christian Soldiers:” Religious Popular Print and Combat Motivation in the Army of the Confederacy, 1863- 1865,”

a.       Andrew P. Davis, College of Charleston Graduate student


Panel 2- 20th century South Carolina: Architecture and society:

Chair and commentator: Jerre Threatt, City Planner, City of Columbia

1.       “The Effect of the Brutalist Architectural Style on the Addition of the Blatt and Brown Buildings and the Reorganization of the Capitol Complex on the State House Grounds.”

a.       Devair Jeffries, USC-Columbia Graduate student

2.       “The History of the Revitalization in the ‘West End’ of Greenville: 1987- 2011,”           

a.       Nicholas Smit, Greenville Bob Jones History graduate

3.       “Low country Macrocosm: Charleston in the 1920s,”

a.       Del A. Maticic, USC- Columbia senior


Panel 3- 18th century life in South Carolina

Chair and commentator: Brenda Schoolfield, Bob Jones University

1.       “Francis Marion and the Snow’s Island Community,”

a.       Steven Smith, SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, USC- Columbia

2.       “ ‘A fertile brain at schemeing’: Eliza Lucas Pinckney and her Agricultural Experiments,”

a.       Megan Hatfield, Graduate student, University of Miami

3.       “Eliza Pinckney and Harriott Horry Online: A Preview of the Possibilities,”

a.       Connie Schulz, USC Columbia, editor, and Mary Sherrer, assistant editor, USC- Columbia


10:25- 11:40 AM

Panel 4- Social History of the Upstate: From Race, Science and Religion-

Chair: Carol Loar, USC Upstate. Commentator: Kathy Cann, Spartanburg Methodist College

1.       “African American Life in Post-Civil War Spartanburg,”

a.       Diane C. Vecchio, Furman University

2.       “’May the Lord Keep Down Hard Feelings:’ The Woodrow Evolution Controversy and the 1884 Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina,”

a.       Rob McCormick, USC Upstate

3.       Reidville Academies and their brief impact on the Upstate Education, 1857 to 1900,”

a.       Timothy P. Grady, USC Upstate


Panel 5- 20th century social change after 1945: Southern Responses

Chair and commentator:  Kerry Taylor, The Citadel

1.       “’Before you can be a statesman, you must be elected’: Sen. Ernest F. Hollings and the Marshall And Fortas Supreme Court nominations,”

a.       David T. Ballantyne, Cambridge University, UK

2.       “’For our American form of Government:’ SC Women in the Massive Resistance,”

a.       Rebeccca Bruekmann, Berlin, Germany

3.       The Land of Sunshine: Past and Present state of Tourism on US 1, Florida,”

a.       Liz Murphy Thomas, Florida MFA photographer


Panel 6- New resources for historians: digital newspaper project:

1.       “New Resources for Historians: South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program,”

a.       Santi Thompson- Director of Newspaper project

b.      Virginia Pierce- Metadata and outreach specialist

c.       Craig Keeney- Grant coordinator and Cataloguing



11:50- 1:30 PM

Lunch, Business Meeting and Keynote speaker: Janet Hudson


1:45- 3 PM

Panel 7- African Americans and their contributions in the 20th century: at Home and Abroad

Chair and commentator:  Wanda Hendricks, USC-Columbia

1.       “Will the real Robert Shaw Wilkinson (1865- 1932) please stand up?” The Role of Primary sources in debunking the myth surrounding one of South Carolina’s Leading Black educators

a.       Jean L. Weingarth, USC-Columbia Ph.D.

2.        “ ‘Back to Africa:’ Black American Athletes as Diplomats in Africa during the Cold War”

a.       Kevin Witherspoon, Lander University

3.       “Behind the Gates: An Interracial Perspective of Black and White Youth Memories of Oak Ridge, TN, 1950s- 1970s,”

a. Kate Jernigan, USC-Columbia senior


Panel 8- Early 20th century America: Social and Foreign Affairs

 Chair and commentator: Patrick Connelly, Montreat College

1.       Historical Precedent and Woodrow Wilson’s Neutrality Policy in 1914-15

a.       M. Ryan Floyd, Lander University  

2.        Commodifying Literacy: Will Lou Gray and the Politics of Progress, 1919- 1930,”

a.       Mary Mac Ogden, Asheville Buncombe Technical College

3.       “Booker T. Washington and his business philosophy and practice,”

a.       Michael Boston, Brockport State College

Panel 9- Conflict and resistance: Inside and outside the United States

Chair and commentator: Tandy McConnell, Columbia College

1.       “Tsar Ivaylo (1277- 1280): The Story of “Braveheart” of Bulgaria”

a.       By George Kovatchev, N. Charleston, SC

2.       “The Utah War and the New York Times,”

a.       Kenneth L. Alford, Brigham Young University

3.       “Pentecostalism and Peasant Draft Resistance in Matiguas during the Nicaraguan Contra War,”

a.       Arthur Takahashi, Winthrop Graduate student

3:10- 4:25 PM

Panel 10- 19th century society and values: South Carolina before 1861

Chair and commentator: Allen Stokes, Director, South Caroliniana Library

1.       “Family Tragedy: Sinking of the Steam Packet Pulaski,” (1837)

a.       Vennie Dees Moore, Independent historian/ folklorist, Columbia

2.       “Thou Shalt Not Duel: The Impotency of Dueling Laws in South Carolina,”

a.       Matthew A. Byron, Young Harris College, Ga.

3.        “From Shop Door to Piazza Screen: The Architecture of an Emerging Southern Middle Class,”

a.       Amanda Mushal, Citadel


11- South Carolina Upcountry Research from Undergraduate seminar, USC Upstate

Chair:  Andy  Myers, USC Upstate. Commentator: TBA

1.       “An Lucht Siuill Palmetto- The Palmetto Walking People,”

a.       Chris Crowley, USC Upstate,

2.       “Never Really the Best- The Transformation of Robert Henry Best,” (Wofford Grad who broadcast for Radio Berlin against America in 1930s and 1940s)

a.       John McCarthy, USC Upstate

3.       “Baseball, Liquor, and Barbeque- Textile League Baseball and Shoeless Joe’s Cultural Impact on Upstate South Carolina,”

a.       Monica Sullens, USC Upstate

Panel 12- Slavery and its post-war legacy

Chair and Commentator: Paul Thompson, North Greenville University

1.       “Servant or Slave?: South Carolina’s Inherited Labor Dilemma,”

a.       John J. Navin, Coastal Carolina

2.        “The ‘Gangrene’ of Slave Society: The Importance of Marronage in the Study of Slavery and Resistance in North America,”

a.       J. Brent Morris, USC- Aiken