StudySC Just Keeps Getting Better

StudySC continues to improve.

Each grade level in StudySC now features a "History After 1865" section that includes information for K-12 students on Reconstruction politics, life in the textile mills, local and national civil rights activists, and life in the modern "New South." Each grade level has unique material, and it's not just for the K-12 crowd. Anyone can learn from these librarian vetted, and K-12 curriculum approved, links. Try one or more: Elementary School; Middle School; and/or High School.

I always test drive the digital content I share with you in Connections. In the case of the High School "History after 1865" section there are two articles directly relevant to the history, culture, and environment of Beaufort District:

1. "A Word of Warning: A Former Slave Urges Constitutional Caution" in which Civil War hero Robert Smalls asks the governor not to disenfranchise many African American (and poor white) voters by using a poll tax and literacy test to vote.

2. Henry McMillan, a newly freedman gives testimony about his life as a slave on Eustis Plantation on Lady's Island.

A delightful new feature is the "SC Glossary" section which includes definitions for terms such as "beach music," "carpetbagger," "scalawag," and "grits."


About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.