These edited volumes provide an excellent starting point for those interested in studying or teaching about South Carolina's lengthy history and ongoing struggle with racial capitalism within a national context. The first title, edited by three professors who started the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag following the 2015 Charleston Massacre, is a collection of essays and articles that connect this heinous act of racial violence to America's history of slavery, segregation, and racial oppression. It also includes the original #CharlestonSyllabus, a powerful bibliography compiled from recommendations made by scholars and citizens via social media during the aftermath of the murders.
The second volume originated shortly after a landmark civil rights conference held at The Citadel in 2007. It brings together the voices of leading historians, archivists, and movement veterans to break the silence regarding the civil rights movement and encourages readers to challenge the consensus claim that South Carolina had a more peaceful transition to desegregation because it did not experience as many nationally known incidents of racial violence than its southern neighbors. The volume also includes a section of retrospectives that offers testimonies from local and nationally recognized participants including Charles McDew, Constance Curry, Matthew J. Perry, Harvey Gantt, and Cleveland Sellers. Lastly, the book features numerous photographs taken by famed civil rights photographer and Orangeburg native Cecil Williams, some published for the first time.