Charleston Slavery to African Freedom: Two Amazing True Stories

April 14, 2017

Boston King and John Kizell may not be familiar names in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, but these two men lived heroic lives that deserve to be remembered.  Both King and Kizell escaped slavery in the Charleston area during the American Rev...

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A Woman’s Progress in Early South Carolina, Part 1

April 7, 2017

This week we’re traveling back in Lowcountry history to talk about women. Every March we celebrate women’s history month, and in the past I’ve presented some programs on various aspects of this topic around the community. Rather than profili...

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The Language of Libations

March 31, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history in search of something to drink. Time travel can make a body thirsty, you know. Let’s imagine that we’re traveling back to colonial South Carolina, that is, sometime between the arrival ...

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John Laurens and Hamilton, Part 3

March 23, 2017

We’ve followed the adventures of John Laurens from his childhood in Charleston to the America siege of British-held Yorktown, and now we conclude this dramatic story by tracing the last ten months of his tragically short life.  Award-winning ...

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John Laurens and Hamilton, Part 2

March 16, 2017

This week we continue our narrative adventure through the life of John Laurens (1754–1782), with comparisons to his portrayal in the hit musical, Hamilton.  

We rejoin the story in the early months of 1778, after John has asked his father, ...

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John Laurens and Hamilton, Part 1

March 8, 2017

Over the past several months I’ve spoken with a number of people around Charleston, fans of the hit musical, Hamilton, who asked me what I thought of the portrayal of John Laurens in the musical—was it accurate, was it fair, and wasn’t it...

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Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Lowcountry Rice

March 2, 2017

The cultivation of rice in early South Carolina had a tremendous impact on the development of Lowcountry culture and history.  It inspired the forced migration of thousands of people from West Africa, created a wealthy elite, and dominated the ec...

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Charleston’s First Orchestra: The St. Cecilia Society

February 23, 2017

November 2016 marked the 250th anniversary of the first concerts of the most significant musical organization in the early history of the United States—Charleston’s St. Cecilia Society.  In this episode, we’ll take quick tour of the society...

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Charleston Alphabet Soup

February 17, 2017

Rather than following one large topic from beginning to end, this episode offers a bowl of Charleston alphabet soup—an A-to-Z feast of 25 short biographies profiling (mostly) obscure Charlestonians, each of whom would make a great subject for y...

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Lowcountry Hurricane History

February 10, 2017

Hurricanes are an inescapable part of living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and our community has weathered quite a few storms over the past three centuries.  Join me for a look back at the most memorable and significant hurricanes to hit ...

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