NEW TOPIC! In 1923, on the last day in this two-story wooden school, people packed the house for the school play. In the third act, an oil lantern fell to the floor. Everything caught fire. Relatives threw children out windows, slid others down outer walls. The seventy-seven souls who perished—only thirteen recognizable—were laid to rest in … Read more
Primaries have been a significant factor in American politics for a good many years. They are in fact a uniquely American electoral institution, born in the Progressive Era. The role of primaries has changed to some degree in recent years as the public searches for ways to make politicians more responsive to their constituency.
Veteran newspaper journalist Herb Frazier has edited and reported for five Southern newspapers and covered conflicts and political change in Asia, Africa and Europe. He also has led press freedom workshops for professional journalists and journalism students in Africa and South America. Listen to his advice to American high school journalists on the importance of … Read more
As great as Jackie Robinson was, he was not the first American Black Baseball Player. This presentation will show the ways baseball has reflected the role of African Americans in baseball especially beginning in the 19th century, followed by the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Era where Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and so many other … Read more
Baseball played a large role in the assimilation of 20th century immigrants to the United States, including the Speaker’s family. Come discuss the way immigrants have used Baseball in becoming American. Bring your own family stories and learn from others. This multi-media presentation includes power-point slides, video, and music and even the swing of a … Read more
The origin of baseball as America’s pastime has long been pondered. As it turns out baseball has both mythical and historical origins, both of which play a big role in why baseball is so important to Americans. This multi-media presentation includes power-point slides, video, music and even the swing of a bat!
The end of the Cold War did not prove to be the “End of History” as some predicted. Not even the flourishing hyperbole of conservative triumphalism could obscure the fact that after the Cold War’s end the old American marriage of nationalism and liberalism has grown frayed, and maybe even strained. With the common ideological … Read more
Americans stand in a very peculiar relationship to their history. We are fond of evoking it with pride – as the inspiring story of the “City on the Hill,” or the “last best hope for democracy,” and as the “leader of the free world,” and so on. We Americans are also readily inspired by our … Read more
Today, the South Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve over a quarter of South Carolina’s citizens and seventy percent of the state’s land area. From their inception, the electric cooperatives have been a social movement. Working together, rural South Carolinians formed cooperatives, aided by the New Deal, and brought electricity, one of the great modernizing essentials of … Read more