True Stories of Black South Carolina

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Collected here for the first time, this selection of essays by historian Damon L. Fordham brings these stories to light. Rediscover the tales of Samuel Smalls, the James Island beggar who inspired DuBose Heyward's Porgy, and Denmark Vesey, the architect of the great would-be slave rebellion of 1822. Learn about the blacks who lived and worked at what is now Mepkin Abbey, the Spartanburg woman who took part in a sit-in at the age of eleven, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Charleston in 1967. These articles are well-researched and provide an enlightening glimpse at the overlooked contributors to South Carolina's past.
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College of Charleston professor Damon L. Fordham doesn't just preserve South Carolina's rich black history; he brings it alive in ways that illuminate its poignant human qualities. In True Stories of Black South Carolina, he revitalizes episodes from the region's African-American past. A heritage we should all share.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596294059
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/16/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 1,454,662
  • Product dimensions: 4.93 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     7
Introduction     9
For the Brothers Who Aren't Here     11
The Spirit of Miss Martha     15
Appreciation of Life     18
Recollections of Slave Rebellions     22
Br'er Rabbit in South Carolina     29
Augustus Ladson and the Slave Stories     37
The Black Lynchers of Pickens County     49
George Washington Murray and the Black Inventors     55
The Case of Frazier Baker     66
Spartanburg, South Carolina: One City, Two Incidents     75
Edmund Jenkins: From Slavery to Lawman     88
The Charleston Race Riot of 1919: A Forgotten Event     92
Nathaniel Frederick: The Crusading Lawyer     95
Samuel Smalls: The Man Behind Porgy     102
A Forgotten Friendship     110
Frank Dunston: Forgotten Hero     114
The Eleven-Year-Old Activist     120
The Struggle of Esau Jenkins     127
The Day Dr. King Came to Town: July 30, 1967     135
The Other Side of Mepkin     142
Epilogue     163
About the Author     165
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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    This is a great book! The many forgotten women and men that paved the way for us! Found out that my great grandfather is in this book.Edmund Jenkins
    The first black town marshall.Thanks to my sister Debra who researched.

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