Sharecropper Boy, Chesnee, South Carolina. June 1937, photographed by Dorothea Lange. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
South Carolinians during the Great Depression faced significant hardships, only relieved with the economic relief of World War II.
World War II
- World War II
Learn how the war began and who were the key players.
- Vanishing Generation
Listen to WWII, Vietnam, and Iraq veterans from South Carolina tell their stories.
- The Palmetto Greatest Generation
Listen and watch to interviews of South Carolina World War II veterans.
- War Posters
Explore posters created by the federal government to encourage support for soldiers and the war effort.
- Celebrating Freedom: Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen was an all African American flying squad, with several South Carolina members.
- Camp Croft
Camp Croft was a World War II army camp near Spartanburg that trained soldiers, and also held some German prisoners of war.
- The Great Depression
Learn about the Great Depression of the 1930s.
- Farm Life, 1930s
See photographs of South Carolinians living on farms during the Great Depression.
- Out on the Town
Students at the University of South Carolina in the 1930s liked to go to dances and have a milkshake at the drug store.
- Ads for variety of consumer products from The Anderson Independent, February 1944
How are these ads for makeup and groceries different from ones in the newspaper today? How are they the same?
- African American Odyssey: The Depression, The New Deal, and World War II
See images of African American life during the Great Depression and World War II, including nurses and soldiers.
Photographs from Around the State
- The Photographer Bayard Wootten
Bayard Wooten photographed the lives of Americans living in the mountains of western North Carolina and the low country of South Carolina.
- Beulah Glover Photograph Collection
Beulah Glover had a photography studio in Walterboro, SC. See images from around Colleton County from 1941 to 1952.
- Photographs from the Farm Security Administration (New Deal), 1937-1939
The Farm Security Administration photographed rural South Carolina and the poverty of farmers.