Parris Island, South Carolina. U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp, 1944. Image from the Library of Congress.
South Carolinians during the Great Depression faced significant hardships, only relieved with the economic relief of World War II.
South Carolinians in 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 interviews of South Carolina World War II veterans.
- South Carolinians in World War II
South Carolina citizens participated in World War II by fighting in the military, writing letters, and working in civilian textile mills.
- How SC Helped Win World War II
This large poster shows how the people of South Carolina fought during World War II.
- Celebrating Freedom: Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen was an all African American flying squad, with several South Carolina members.
- "Japan Attacks U.S.," from The Anderson Independent, 7 December 1941
Read the account of Pearl Harbor from the local Anderson newspaper.
- Columbia Survivors
Meet Holocaust survivors that came to live in Columbia, SC.
Camp Croft and Fort Jackson
- Camp Croft
Camp Croft was a World War II army camp near Spartanburg that trained soldiers, and also held some German prisoners of war.
- In the home of a family that was preparing to move off the Camp Croft area.
Over 250 families had to move from the area where Camp Croft was built.
- Fort Jackson
Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC was used in both World War I and World War II to train new recruits and held units awaiting overseas deployment.
The Great Depression
- The Great Depression
Learn about the Great Depression of the 1930s.
- 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.
- Great Depression in Georgia
Georgia and South Carolina faced similar problems during the Great Depression such as poor cotton farming due to the boll weevil and diseases like pellagra and malaria.
- Family on Relief
This farming family on federal relief lived in Jacksonboro, SC in Colleton County.
- Ration Coupons on the Home Front, 1942-1945
During World War II, Americans were rationed and only able to buy a certain amount of items such as tires, gasoline, food, and cars.
- Julia Peterkin
Julia Peterkin was a writer from Laurens County who wrote about the African American experience in the South.
- 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.
- Elliott White Springs
Elliot Springs owned Springs Cotton Mills, a very profitable textile mill company in the upcountry.
South Carolina promoted its agriculture that was high in iodine, even having "The Iodine State" on license plates!
CCC and the State Parks
- Photo of Civilian Conservation Corps workers
Civilian Conservation Corps workers built shelters at several South Carolina State Parks.
- The Civilian Conservation Corps