Walter Edgar's Journal
Conversations on the Civil War, 1864: Lincoln’s...07/25/14
(Originally broadcast 02/21/14) - John C. (Jack) Waugh, author of numerous books on the Civil War, including One Man Great Enough: Abraham Lincolns Road to the Civil War (Harcourt, 2007), joins Dr. Edgar for a public conversation about the Civil War,...
Truth in Cold Blood: Tom Tisdale and Richard Futch
The nearly forgotten story of a southern Episcopal bishop murdered by one of his own peers in 1928 surfaces this summer at the historic Dock Street Theatre, less than a hundred feet away from where the incident occurred. Thomas Tisdales original play,...
Deadly Censorship - James Lowell Underwood
South Carolinas Lt. Governor shoots to death the editor of The State newspaper in downtown Columbia? And is acquitted of all criminal charges? Yes, it did happenand not so long ago. James Lowell Underwood, author of Deadly Censorship Murder, Honor,...
Declaring Independence - Establishing a Global Public Square
On this Independence Day episode of Walter Edgar's Journal, we'll read the Declaration of Independence--the document that started it all. And, Walter will talk with social critic Os Guinness, author of The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and...
Conversations on the Civil War, 1864: Lee’s Miserables
(Originally broadcast 02/07/14) - Never did so large a proportion of the American population leave home for an extended period and produce such a detailed record of its experiences in the form of correspondence, diaries, and other papers as during the...
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: 40 Wild Years
What began in the mid-1960s as a modest dream of a few business leaders to create a small children's petting zoo has evolved into today's nationally ranked Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, visited by more than one million guests annually and supported by a...
Greenville Chautauqua: Robert Smalls
Robert Smalls was born into Slavery April 5, 1839 in Beaufort, South Carolina. At age 23, he was a crewman on the steamer Planter, an armed transport in service to the Confederate defenders of Charleston. On May 13, 1862, Smalls, with a crew of other...
Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s - John Shelton Reed
(Originally broadcast 01/10/14) - In the years following World War I, the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with low rent, a faded charm, and colorful street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square became the center of a vibrant but...
A History of Greenville and the Upstate - A. V. Huff
This week Walter Edgar's Journal focuses on Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. Walters guest is Dr. A. V. Huff, Professor Emeritus of History at Furman University.
A Conversation about the South
Walter Edgars Journal listeners have a front row seat for a public Conversation about the South, held in March of 2014 by the American History Book Club and Forum at the Upcountry History Museum Furman University, in Greenville, SC. Long-time friends...
The Weight of Mercy - Deb Richardson-Moore
Deb Richardson-Moore, a middle-aged suburban mom and journalist was inspired to become a pastor after writing a story exploring Gods call in our lives. Seven years ago, a recent graduate of Erskine Theological Seminary, she took a position as pastor...
Spreading the Word: William Gilmore Simms
Among mid-19th-century American romancers (or writers of prose epics), only New Yorker James Fenimore Cooper was as successful as South Carolina author William Gilmore Simms. In those same years, Simms was the South's most influential editor of...
Greenville’s Year of Altruism
While discussing plans for the 75th anniversary observance of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass a day which saw the beginning of Nazi killing and imprisonment of Jews in Germany and Austria Greenville community leaders were moved by the stories...
Colour of Music - Black Classical Musicians Festival
In recognition of black classical composers, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble will be hosting the Colour of Music Festival, October 23 27, 2013, featuring black musicians, vocalists, and orchestra leaders. Performances will include...
South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times (encore)
(Originally broadcast 03/22/13) - Dr. Marjorie Julian Spruill and Dr. Valinda W. Littlefield, of the Department of History at USC, along with Dr. Joan Marie Johnson, lecturer at Northeastern Illinois University, are co-editors of the three-volume...
Preserving Our History for Our Future
South Carolina has a rich history. As our state grows and prospers in the 21st century, how can we preserve that history, as it is reflected in the built environment and in historical places of importance? Two people who are helping to answer that...
Seeking - Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green
Renowned South Carolina artist Jonathan Green's work has inspired a wide range of artists around the world. In Seeking - Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (USC Press, 2013), co-editors Kwame Dawes and Marjory Wentworth gather some...
Benjamin Dunlap, President Emeritus of Wofford College
In July of 2013, Dr. Benjamin Dunlap retired after 13 years as president of Wofford College. He was only the 10th chief executive in the 150-year history of the school. A Rhodes Scholar and Harvard PhD, Dr. Dunlap joins Walter Edgar to talk about his...
Moving History: The Pines Plantation Slave Cabin
In May of 2013, a one-story, rectangular, weatherboard-clad, 19th-century slave cabin was dismantled at the Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, SC, and transferred to the collection of the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of African...
Cassandra King: Moonrise
South Carolina novelist Cassandra Kings new book, Moonrise (Maiden Lane Press, 2013), is inspired by Rebecca, Daphne du Mauriers classic, gothic romance. Set in the mountains of western North Carolina, Moonrise tells the story of a woman living in the...
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