A century after John C. Calhoun, the threat of integration revives South Carolina’s long-standing opposition to an activist federal government. Today, South Carolinians – including leaders of a diverse GOP – again are among the leaders in a national debate questioning the legitimate role of the federal government.
When Gov. Nikki Haley declared she would not be hamstrung by President Barack Obama’s new health care law or bullied by a federal labor agency over Boeing, she expressed in her firm Southern voice an age-old South Carolina distrust of Washington.
The same holds true for the four S.C. freshmen Republican congressmen who this month defied House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and opposed any attempt to raise the federal debt ceiling. The four — Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, Jeff Duncan of Laurens, Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land and Tim Scott of North Charleston — all voted against a deal to ensure payment of the federal government’s debts.Continue reading ...
Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Jim DeMint, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Trey Gowdy
19th century continues to shape S.C. politics, society
South Carolinians have a centuries-old animosity toward political and cultural forces that seek to change the ways we do things.
Don’t let Civil War muddle modern politics
South Carolina has a rich and provocative political history. From John C. Calhoun and the “Nullifiers” to Strom Thurmond and the “Dixiecrats,” race and politics were inextricably intertwined.
Previously in the Series
Civil War sites to see around the Midlands
Gallery: Remembering the first shots of the Civil War
Gallery: Additional Civil War Remembrance photos
Gallery: Civil War 150th AnniversaryGallery: The Redeemers
Civil Rights Digital Library
Civil Rights Digital Library: South Carolina materials
Mary McLeod Bethune, April 6, 1949 speech: American Radio Works' Say it Plain, Say it Loud Septima Poinsette Clark, July 25, 1976. Oral Histories of the American South: University of North Carolina
Resources on the Web
Dept.of Archives and History
National Parks Service
Lowcountry Civil War Commemoration
Library of Congress
Hamburg Massacre debate - U. S. House of Representatives, July 15th and 18th, 1876
President Grant letter to S.C. Governor Chamberlain about the Hamburg massacre.
Library of Congress photo collections
Upcoming in the Series
Upcoming installments in The State's once-a-month series on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War
SEPTEMBER: THE LASTING LEGACIES
The Civil War undeniably changed South Carolina. Pre-war coastal rice plantations are today part of a new tourism-and-retirement "plantation" society. But some legacies remain unresolved, including sometimes troubled race relations, lingering poverty, intrastate regional
rivalries, and debate about the proper roles of education and government.