When Jimmy Carter of Georgia was elected president in 1976, southern cuisine came to the forefront. Peanuts, tomatoes, pimentos, hot and sweet multicolored peppers, grits, pecans, rice, greens, corn, chicken, pork, pepper jelly, turnips, shrimp, grouper, flounder, catfish, and other standbys of rural life were combined with newly available foods such as zucchini and Cornish hens. Read the Entry »

Not long after its formation, most of the unit was transferred to bolster Charleston’s defenses. A small detachment of soldiers remained as caretakers, but it is unclear whether they remained through the War of 1812. Read the Entry »

During this period when they were turning out largely commercial titles—including some true crime sagas—in order to pay the rent, Naifeh and Smith were devoting most of their free time to research on the life and career of iconic American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. Read the Entry »

Nairne was Carolina’s first official Indian agent, employed at an annual salary of £250. As agent, Nairne traveled across the Southeast and conducted missions to southern tribes such as the Tallapoosas and Chickasaws. Read the Entry »

When President Benner C. Turner was forced to retire in 1967 after lengthy student protests and a boycott of classes that spring, the newly integrated board of trustees named Nance interim president. Nance’s informal, open, and cooperative demeanor was a refreshing and sharp contrast to the seventeen years of autocratic leadership under Turner. Read the Entry »

Completed in 1808, it was built for Nathaniel Russell (1738–1820), a merchant who arrived in Charleston at the age of twenty-seven and quickly amassed a substantial fortune. Read the Entry »

The NAACP State Conference won a series of important legal victories that struck blows against Jim Crow and charted a path toward the democratization of the state’s political system. Read the Entry »

National Baptists, with other African American denominations, have been associated with the Palmetto State from their earliest days. During the Great Awakening of the mid–eighteenth century and the steady growth of an evangelical presence in the South that followed, African Americans were drawn to both Baptist and Methodist styles, with their emphasis on religious experience and more emotional expression of spiritual fervor. Read the Entry »

He knew achievers made A and B grades, and subsequently chose Beta (or B) for the organization’s name. He asked principals and superintendents for permission to present his plan to local literary societies and sponsors. Read the Entry »

Offering institutional or individual membership, the center sponsors research projects with school districts, states, and other educational entities and is involved in improving programs and services for at-risk individuals and families. It conducts third-party evaluations promoting accountability, provides leadership in demonstration projects, and develops research-based curriculum tools. Read the Entry »