sat at the conference table next to Frederick Douglass as they tried to convince President Abraham Lincoln that African Americans should be allowed to fight for their own freedom. He served five terms in Congress. He ran a newspaper and helped found a state Republican Party.
But first, he had to win his freedom.
posted by Blasdelb
on Feb 15, 2013 -
Descendents of early French Huguenots, the Ravenel family of South Carolina ranked among the most prominent members of the state's planter class. Arthur Ravenel, Jr.
continued the Ravenel tradition of public service, serving in the South Carolina house and senate
and then in the U.S. House of Representatives
. He once referred to the NAACP as the "that organization known as the National Association for Retarded People" although he later apologized, but only to people with mental and physical challenges
. He also once called for the military to shoot down any plane suspected of smuggling drugs
. Arthur's son Thomas Ravenel had little contact with his father after his parent's divorce, became a self-made millionaire through real estate development, narrowly missed winning the Senate seat now held by Jim DeMint, was elected South Carolina Treasurer
, was the subject of an investigation into his cocaine use
(of which he was warned by his father
), was indicted on a federal cocaine charge and resigned
, and served 10 months in prison
after pleading guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine. On Saturday, Thomas Ravenel took to the pages of the Charleston Post and Courier to call for an end to drug prohibition
, hoping the celebrity of being a former rising star in the Republican Party who went to prison will help advance his position
posted by ND¢
on Feb 8, 2011 -
The University of South Carolina recently completed an ambitious survey
of all medieval texts in the state for an exhibit at the university library. All the works were scanned and archived electronically. However, not only can you view
the texts online, you can hear the university's chorus sing
(MP3) the musical manuscripts. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf
on Mar 18, 2008 -
"It will no doubt be deemed a strange circumstance that an African negro should attempt to write a book, and that he should presume to offer his production to the enlightened people of Great Britain.
The Life and Adventures of Zamba
, an African Negro King; and His Experience of Slavery in South Carolina. Written by Himself.
posted by borkingchikapa
on Dec 11, 2007 -
The "Nuclear Nav."
On March 11, 1958, Captain Bruce Kulka was the navigator on an Air Force B-47 Stratojet carrying nuclear bombs to an airfield in North Africa. Somewhere over the southeastern US, the captain sent him to back the bomb bay to check on a cockpit warning light. As he climbed through the narrow space around the Mark 6 nuclear bomb,
Kulka grabbed the emergency release pin by mistake. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Oct 10, 2007 -
Would you like to live in a Christian nation with government similar to the early United States? Well, here’s your chance!
Are you disgusted that the gays are stomping on the Consitution? Do you demand the return to a moral government? Become part of the solution and help to redeem the nation, one seceded state at a time.
posted by archimago
on May 25, 2004 -
Jesus junk mail.
(As an update to last year's Texas story
) Every household in South Carolina will receive a videocassette of a bad film about Jesus
this week. The Special 9-11 Remembrance Edition features an introduction by three members of the NY Fire Dept. Regardless of how you feel about Jesus H., isn't there a better film to send to every household in South Carolina?
posted by found missing
on Sep 9, 2002 -
Easly High, home of the Scarlet Letters.
Students violating the dress code of the South Carolina high school will now be forced to change into t-shirts bearing the phrases "Dress for Success"
on the front and "Today I did not meet the dress code policy for proper attire"
on the back. Boy, it's a good thing they're putting them on teenagers, because they would never think of creative ways to violate this idea in... what, about thirty seconds? Discuss your ideas for the new fashion trend: custom punishment signs!
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Aug 26, 2002 -
In an elaborate ceremony, the confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse dome
where it had flown for 38 years by Citadel cadets - one white, one black - amid cheering flag supporters and jeering anti-Confederate flag demonstrators. A smaller, square version was raised moments later on 30-foot flag pole by Civil War re-enactors in front of Confederate soldier's monument on Statehouse grounds, part of the compromise reached by the Legislature in May. Gov. Jim Hodges, the only top official taking part in Saturday's flag relocation ceremony, said most South Carolinians support the compromise that plants the flag at the most visible spot on the Capitol grounds.
posted by palegirl
on Jul 1, 2000 -