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Archives Alert: CofC Special Collections and SC Historical Society Archives closed July 22-31

Attention researchers:

Public services and reading room hours for the College of Charleston’s Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society Archives will be suspended starting Wednesday July 22 through Friday July 31 in order to make modifications to mobile shelving and storage space in vaults.

Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with patrons or colleagues who express interest in visiting our repositories this summer.

Literacy Test for Voter Registration?

Hello:

I will be traveling in the South for a few weeks this summer and would like to visit archives that have materials regarding the development and adminstration of literacy tests as a requirement for voter registration. I am especially interested in finding copies of actual tests and forms, preferably in completed form, for a project on the history of the literacy test. Any information about possible archives, or any other suggestions, will be highly appreciated! Materials related to the suffrage committees of the disfranchising conventions would also be very helpful. 

Passing of Michael O'Brien

I received with great sorrow the news that my doctoral advisor and mentor, Michael O'Brien has passed away at the age of 67. Michael directed my dissertation at Miami University, Ohio, and continued to guide me for several years after I earned my Ph.D. in 1995. In 2002, after a period of spending half of a year in the United States and half in England, he returned to his native land to a full-time position at his alma mater, Cambridge University. At the time of his death from cancer, he was about to retire from Jesus College. He taught me to write and profoundly influenced my thinking.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Jim Downs
Reviewer: 
Karen Ross

Ross on Downs, 'Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction'


Jim Downs. Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 280 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-975872-2.

Reviewed by Karen Ross (Troy University)
Published on H-South (July, 2013)
Commissioned by David Carlson

Author: 
George Van Cleve
Reviewer: 
Andrew Shankman

Shankman on Van Cleve, 'A Slaveholders' Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic'


George Van Cleve. A Slaveholders' Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 408 pp. $22.50 (paper), ISBN 978-0-226-84670-5.

Reviewed by Andrew Shankman (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Published on H-South (March, 2013)
Commissioned by David Carlson

Author: 
Elizabeth Hill Flowers
Reviewer: 
Charity R. Carney

Carney on Flowers, 'Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power since World War II'


Elizabeth Hill Flowers. Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power since World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. xii + 263 pp. $47.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8078-3534-0.

Reviewed by Charity R. Carney (Western Governors University)
Published on H-South (January, 2013)
Commissioned by Matthew L. Downs

Author: 
Charity R. Carney
Reviewer: 
Charles F. Irons

Irons on Carney, 'Ministers and Masters: Methodism, Manhood, and Honor in the Old South'


Charity R. Carney. Ministers and Masters: Methodism, Manhood, and Honor in the Old South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011. 216 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8071-3886-1; ISBN 978-0-8071-3888-5; ISBN 978-0-8071-3887-8; ISBN 978-0-8071-3889-2.

Reviewed by Charles F. Irons (Elon University)
Published on H-South (January, 2013)
Commissioned by David Carlson

Author: 
Allen Tullos
Reviewer: 
Jeff Frederick

Frederick on Tullos, 'Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie'


Allen Tullos. Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. xii + 364 pp. $69.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8203-3048-8; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8203-3049-5.

Reviewed by Jeff Frederick (University of North Carolina at Pembroke)
Published on H-South (November, 2012)
Commissioned by Matthew L. Downs

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