Savannah River Site. Wikimedia Commons. 25 May 2010.
Explore our state's participation in modern wars, increased infrastructure, and economic development in the "New South."
- Generations of Heroes
Watch interviews of South Carolina veterans from several wars.
- Write from the Front
See photographs of South Carolina service members in the current conflicts, and meet fallen heroes.
- Korean War
During the Korean War, the United States defended South Korea against North Korea who was allied to the Soviet Union.
- Vietnam War
During the Vietnam War, Americans fought a long war against Communist expansion in Southeast Asia.
Protest Movement in South Carolina
- 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.
- USC Campus Protests Images
Explore a slideshow of multiple photographs of Vietnam War protest rallies at the University of South Carolina, including students, activists, and police.
- Article from The Gamecock regarding student protests at the University of South Carolina, ("Gas, Bricks Were No Mistake"), May 1970
Read an article from the USC student newspaper describing the National Guard's presence on the campus and rioting that followed.
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
- Report by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission on "Facts and Figures: The Savannah River Plant" (includes map), 1952
- Savannah River Site History Highlights
- Exhibit on the Former Towns
Around the State
- Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson was an African American tennis and golf athlete from Clarendon County who helped desegregate these sports.
- Oct 15, 1954: Hurricane Hazel hits the Carolinas and Ontario
Hurricane Hazel made landfall at Myrtle Beach and caused over a $1 billion in damages.
- South Carolina Place Names
What places are named after animals? What about tree-named places?
- The Last Auction
Mullins is a rural tobacco town that has been growing tobacco since 1894. Play the interactive small town game to see what choices you would make if you ran a town with a declining rural economy.
|Strom Thurmond, image from the United States Senate.|
Strom Thurmond was a governor of South Carolina and a US senator. He turned 100 years old while still a Senator. Strom Thurmond also is known for the longest filibuster in the legislature, speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes nonstop in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957.