The Myth of “Trott’s Cottage”

The Myth of “Trott’s Cottage”

September 18, 2020

In a quaint brick structure recessed from the south side of Cumberland Street once lived one of the most famous South Carolinians of the colonial era, Chief Justice Nicholas Trott—so says a century’s worth of tourist literature and newspaper copy....

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The Advent of Black Suffrage in South Carolina

The Advent of Black Suffrage in South Carolina

September 11, 2020

Modern conversations about the legacy of voter discrimination in South Carolina politics tend to focus on the civil-rights struggles of the mid-twentieth century, but the roots of this important issue lie much deeper in the past. Founded on import...

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A Trashy History of Charleston’s Dumps and Incinerators

A Trashy History of Charleston’s Dumps and Incinerators

September 4, 2020

Garbage disposal is an ancient part of human culture that grew exponentially in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. During the first half of the twentieth century, the City of Charleston addressed rising volumes of municipal waste by flip-flopp...

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Bee Jackson’s 1926 Visit to Charleston: Behind the Scenes

Bee Jackson’s 1926 Visit to Charleston: Behind the Scenes

August 14, 2020

In mid-April of 1926, a professional dancer from Brooklyn named Bee Jackson paid a brief but memorable visit to the Charleston area. Highlights of that event were captured in professionally staged photos and even silent moving pictures, but the br...

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Representing Charleston at the 1926 National “Charleston” Contest

Representing Charleston at the 1926 National “Charleston” Contest

August 7, 2020

On a pair of snowy evenings in Chicago in February 1926, two young dancers from Charleston competed with other couples to determine the most proficient “Charlestoners” in the United States. Spectators judged their steps to be the most graceful and...

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Who Were the Best “Charlestoners” in Jazz-Age Charleston?

Who Were the Best “Charlestoners” in Jazz-Age Charleston?

July 31, 2020

The popularity of the new “Charleston” dance spread across the nation in 1925, but critics in the city of its birth generally held the fad at arm’s length. The invitation to participate in a national dance contest convinced local leaders to embrac...

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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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