Bee Jackson Wanted to “Charleston” in Charleston in 1925

Bee Jackson Wanted to “Charleston” in Charleston in 1925

July 24, 2020

Bee Jackson was a young professional dancer who tried to establish a reputation in the 1920s as the premiere exponent of the “Charleston” steps. Crisscrossing the United States and touring Europe, she boldly promoted herself as the “originator” of...

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Tracing the Roots of the “Charleston” Dance

Tracing the Roots of the “Charleston” Dance

July 17, 2020

The dance craze known as the “Charleston” achieved world-wide fame nearly a century ago and has endured as the epitome of the carefree exuberance of the “Roaring Twenties.” Although this popular phenomenon shares a name with our home town, it aros...

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Remembering Charleston’s Liberty Tree, Part 2

Remembering Charleston’s Liberty Tree, Part 2

July 3, 2020

This week we continue our conversation about Charleston’s Liberty Tree, a majestic live oak that shaded many important events associated with the American Revolution. Because it hosted gatherings of rebellious South Carolinians, British soldiers d...

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Remembering Charleston’s Liberty Tree, Part 1

Remembering Charleston’s Liberty Tree, Part 1

June 26, 2020

Charleston’s Liberty Tree is an important part of the story of the American Revolution in South Carolina. As a venue for both weighty political debates and patriotic celebrations, it appears as a relatively minor character in the general narrative...

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Juneteenth, Febteenth, and Emancipation Day in Charleston

Juneteenth, Febteenth, and Emancipation Day in Charleston

June 19, 2020

Commemorating the end of slavery has been an important part of the yearly calendar in numerous communities across the United States since the end of the Civil War, but there is no singular date of observance. Whether one celebrates the demise of h...

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The Rise of Charleston’s Horn Work, Part 1

The Rise of Charleston’s Horn Work, Part 1

June 5, 2020

The tabby Horn Work that once guarded the northern approach to Charleston formed the citadel of American resistance during the British siege of 1780, but the story of its construction commenced decades before the Revolution. It arose from prolonge...

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The Horn Work: Marion Square’s Tabby Fortress

The Horn Work: Marion Square’s Tabby Fortress

May 29, 2020

Have you heard the story of the Horn Work in Marion Square? You know—that mysterious, unobtrusive, lumpy slab of concrete covered with oyster shells standing in the park near King Street? Did you know it’s actually a tiny remnant of a massive fort...

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Hucksters’ Paradise: Mobile Food in Urban Charleston, Part 2

Hucksters’ Paradise: Mobile Food in Urban Charleston, Part 2

May 22, 2020

The business of peddling food through the streets is an ancient practice that became a part of Charleston’s culinary scene during the colonial era. The real “golden age” of local huckstering dawned after the Civil War, when scores of formerly-ensl...

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Hucksters’ Paradise: Mobile Food in Urban Charleston, Part 1

Hucksters’ Paradise: Mobile Food in Urban Charleston, Part 1

May 15, 2020

Vending food on the streets of Charleston was a major form of commerce for centuries before it all but disappeared in the mid-twentieth century. Mobile and musical hucksters, predominantly of African descent, carried food around the city in basket...

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Dining and Drinking in Charleston Before the Food and Beverage Industry

Dining and Drinking in Charleston Before the Food and Beverage Industry

May 8, 2020

Have you heard this one? A stranger walks into a time machine and says, “Take me back to a place and time in historic Charleston where I can buy a meal and a drink without having to toil over a hot stove.” The operator turns to the camera and says...

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