Hurricane Hugo, September 21, 1989. Image courtesy of NOAA.
Explore our state's participation in modern wars, increased infrastructure, and economic development in the "New South."
- Korean War (1950-1953)
During the Korean War, the United States defended South Korea against North Korea who was allied to the Soviet Union.
- Vietnam War (1956-1975)
During the Vietnam War, Americans fought a long war against Communist expansion in Southeast Asia.
- William Westmoreland
William Westmoreland, born in Spartanburg, was a general who led the American troops during the Vietnam War.
- Protest Photograph, "We must choose between Peace at any Price and War at Any Price...Give Peace a Chance", ca. 1960
See a photograph of a peace rally at the University of South Carolina, with students sitting in opposition to the Vietnam War.
People and Places
- Strom Thurmond
Strom Thurmond was a governor of South Carolina and a US senator. He turned 100 years old while still a Senator.
- Famous South Carolinians
Meet famous South Carolinians that were artists, educators, doctors, athletes, and more!
- South Carolina Place Names
What places in South Carolina are named after animals? What about tree-named places?
- South Carolina State House
Learn more about state legislature and about the State House where they work.
Hurricane Hugo was a Category 5 hurricane that made landfall on the Isle of Palms on September 22, 1989. The hurricane was the most damaging hurricane ever recorded at the time and caused $10 billion in damage.
- Hurricane Hugo
- National Weather Service - Hurricane Hugo
- Track Hurricane Hugo by searching "Hugo 1989"
Savannah River Site
The Savannah River Site is a nuclear reservation in Aiken, Allendale, and Barnwell counties. It was built during the 1950s to produce plutonium and tritium to use in nuclear weapons. 6,000 people in several small towns in South Carolina were forced to leave their homes.
|Savannah River Site building. Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.|