She credits the stories told to her by her father and the African American women who worked in her family’s home, along with the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Kate Chopin, as being influential on her development as a writer. Read the Entry »

Kilgo’s writing grew out of observations recorded in his private journals, from which developed his personal narrative style. Much of his early work consisted of reflections on the outdoor life and his hunting experiences. Read the Entry »

During the Charleston smallpox epidemic of 1738, after one of his children died of the disease, he became one of the foremost champions of the controversial new practice of inoculation. Read the Entry »

Sensing a call to ministry, he applied in May 1886 to the MECS for an exhorter’s license but was denied. He felt there was prejudice against his Holiness views. Read the Entry »

Her stellar performance earned King a Tony nomination in 1975 for best actress. Read the Entry »

In her writing, Susan Petigru King perceived herself to be an American William Makepeace Thackeray. She wrote realistically and satirically about the manners and mores—the sexual politics and unhappy unions— of the Charleston and lowcountry plantation elite in the divorceless South Carolina that she knew well. Read the Entry »

Even at its best, the condition of the route was seldom good. Narrow roads, ruts, mud, obstructions, and poorly maintained bridges and ferries were just a few of the inconveniences to be expected. The section between Wilmington and Charleston was judged by some travelers to be “the most tedious and disagreeable of any on the Continent.” Read the Entry »

Instead of returning to British lines at Charlotte, as he had originally planned, Ferguson decided to make a stand against the rebels at Kings Mountain in South Carolina, a dominant point in a chain of low mountains that straddled the border with North Carolina. Read the Entry »

The seat of Williamsburg County, Kingstree was founded at the site of a large white pine tree on the east bank of Black River, where an early explorer chopped an arrow, marking it as the “King’s Tree.” Read the Entry »

Kirkland’s first priority as the new head of organized labor was to unite with unions not in the AFL-CIO. During the course of his presidency he achieved reaffiliation with the AFL-CIO of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the United Auto Workers, the United Mine Workers, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Read the Entry »