Upon passing civil service examinations in 1938, Peurifoy gained employment at the U.S. State Department within the office processing export licenses. Read the Entry »

Phifer retired at the end of the war and devoted her time to gardening, canning, weaving, and her family. Read the Entry »

The Phoenix Riot is best understood as an exaggerated example of the everyday violence that faced late nineteenth-century African Americans in South Carolina. Read the Entry »

South Carolina’s phosphate industry was the world leader until the 1890s, when bad politics, bad luck, and bad weather brought on a rapid decline. Read the Entry »

Pickens remained a small town throughout the twentieth century, although improvements continued. In 1947 Dr. Gaine E. Cannon began Cannon Memorial Hospital as a clinic, which expanded to a forty-seven-bed hospital in 1949 and moved to new facilities in 1982. Read the Entry »

As with most of the upstate, the post–World War II economy in Pickens County reduced its reliance on the textile industry. Read the Entry »

During the Revolutionary War, Pickens became one of the most significant leaders of patriot forces in the South Carolina backcountry. Read the Entry »

Pickens’s political career began at the local level, where he served in minor public posts, such as commissioner for building the Pendleton District courthouse (1806) and commissioner of the Pendleton Circulating Library Society (1808–1814). Read the Entry »

Pickens’s public career began in college when he authored a series of articles in the Charleston Mercury espousing state sovereignty and questioning the legality of a protective tariff. Read the Entry »

Pickens used his intellectual talents as a method of protest, especially during his years as a full-time educator. Read the Entry »