Thanks so much for all the work that went into telling this story, constructing the website, and making this available for anybody and everybody who has an interest.
Also: A big thanks for sharing this with the University of South Carolina History Center
Thanks so much for your hard work uploading all of this important historical information to such a beautiful website. I would love to speak to the professor more in depth about this project and see the materials first hand.
I have one suggestion. Please, add instructions on how to read the 1850s map. I don't know what the names mean (ownership, residency), what it means when there are multiple names in one box, what the shapes (dotted lines) inside of the box mean, what it means when one name reappears in other boxes, and how to tell which areas of Columbia were black or white. I could speculate but I'd rather know.
I was thinking that the bold boxes on the 1850s map were buildings. They are actually blocks of land, right?
You don't have to post this. I'm just letting you know what I'm thinking. I've been exploring this site for hours now.
If you plan to continue this project next semester, I would be interested in information about South Carolina College during Reconstruction.
This website was a lifesaver because I am doing a project on slavery in South Carolina and this totally helped me out! The site is so organized and informative and I appreciate your hard work! The site looks great! My teacher also loved the site when she saw it.
Great compilation of information!
The entire website is very informative and gives an in depth look into the institution of slavery in relation to the academic life of South Carolina. Specifically I found the stories of students interacting with slaves on campus very intriguing; they brought this time period to life for me as a modern day college student studying the institution of slavery in respect to my own school.
In particular, I enjoyed the individual breakdown of the buildings on campus that dated to this period in history.
Thanks again for the great resource.
This website is phenomenal.
First, the organization of the website as a whole is great. It's extremely easy to look at everything especially if one were to look for just buildings or important people. The photographs are also great with each different page rather than just a separate photo gallery for them all.
Second, the information itself is great. I am currently taking a course at Centre College discussing slavery, memory and the college, and we are to be discussing things just like these that are related to Centre instead- attempting to create a "micro-history." This website seems to be several miniature micro-histories together at one place. This is a great template to follow for making my own.
As only a handful of colleges have done this in the nation including several in the Ivy League, you have definitely outdone yourself. I cannot wait to see any additions to this and also similar attempts by other schools similar to this.
Tremendous job on the website. it was very intuitive as well as informative. I enjoyed reading it and the set-up made it easy to read.
I think that this site does a great job giving a voice to the slaves who had played such an integral role in the initial foundation and maintenance of South Carolina College. I found the section regarding faculty opinion particularly interesting and important in understanding the memory South Carolinians and Americans have of slavery. I am currently researching John C. Breckenridge, a Centre College Graduate, prominent Antebellum politician and Civil War Brigadier General, and how his views on slavery should effect our view of him today. Ultimately the type of research that you all have been able to gather through this project is what I am looking to do in my undergraduate slavery course right now.
HIST 789 class
Slavery At Usc