South Carolina Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Saturday, September 25, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 3 1/2 hours on the Clemson University Campus and the surrounding area. I then walked another 1 1/2 hours in Greenville, South Carolina.

Highlights of the South Carolina leg of the tour:

  • Sleep, sleep and yet more sleep.  The sleep was delicious !!!
  • I caught up the website and all of my work.
  • I found time to catch up on my paperwork and pay bills online (that’s one of the problems while traveling).
  • The university was a little more than a mile from my hotel, so I walked.
  • I ran into an employee of the school who gave me little tips and insights into the history of Clemson University.
  • The campus was quiet.  It was almost spooky, but it was also relaxing.
  • My time in Greenville was nice.  I discovered a grocery store chain I’d never been to before Bi-Lo.  They had most of the items I was looking for, which is always nice.
  • I had time to stop at an antique store for 45 minutes while on the way to Chapel Hill, NC.  Didn’t buy anything, but it was fun.
  • Got to my hotel by 6:00 PM, so I have plenty of time to get cleaned up, eat dinner, catch up the website and still get some sleep.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

by clicking the button right below these words.  I don’t know why, but I seem

to be getting dates wrong in these podcasts.  Please ignore the fact I said it was

September 12.  It was September 25.  Oops (I must have been a little groggy).

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of South Carolina:

  • Originally part of the Province of Carolina, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence from the British Crown during the American Revolution.
  • South Carolina was the first state to vote to secede from the Union and was the founding state of the Confederate States of America.
  • According to an estimate by the United States Census Bureau, the state’s population in 2009 was 4,561,242 and ranked 24th among the U.S. states. South Carolina contains 46 counties and its capital is Columbia.
  • The colony of Carolina was settled by English settlers, mostly from Barbados, sent by the Lords Proprietors in 1663, followed by French Huguenots. The original Carolina proprietors were aware of the threat posed by the French and Spanish colonies to the south, whose Roman Catholic  monarchies were enemies of England and English Protestant values. They needed to act swiftly to attract settlers. Therefore, they were one of the first colonies to grant liberty of religious practice to attract settlers who were Baptists, Quakers, Huguenots and Presbyterians.  Jewish immigration was specifically encouraged in the Fundamental Constitutions, since Jews were seen as reliable citizens. The Jewish immigrants were fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, which was also carried out in the Spanish colonies in the New World. During the colonial period, Africans were the largest group, with a minority transported as indentured servants and the majority transported in the Middle Passage to be slaves. They constituted a majority of the colony’s population throughout the period. The Carolina upcountry was settled largely by English and Scots-Irish migrants from Pennsylvania and Virginia, who followed the Great Wagon Road into the South.
  • Antebellum, South Carolina did more to advance nullification and secession than any other Southern state. In 1832, a South Carolina state convention passed the Ordinance of Nullification, declaring the Federal tariff  laws of 1828 and 1832 unconstitutional, null and not to be enforced in the state of South Carolina after February 1, 1833. This led to the Nullification Crisis, in which U.S. President Andrew Jackson received congressional authorization, through the Force Bill, to use whatever military force necessary to enforce Federal law in the state. This was the first U.S. legislation denying individual states the right to secede. As a result of Jackson’s threat of force, the South Carolina state convention was re-convened and repealed the Ordinance of Nullification in March. Anti-abolitionist feelings ran strong in South Carolina. In 1856, South Carolina congressman Preston Brooks entered the United States Senate chamber and, with a metal-tipped cane, beat Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner. He drew blood and injured Sumner badly enough that the latter was unable to serve for several months. Brooks was retaliating for a speech Sumner had just given in which he attacked slavery and insulted South Carolinians. Brooks resigned his seat but received a hero’s welcome on returning home.  On December 20, 1860, when it became clear that Lincoln would be the next president, South Carolina became the first state to declare its secession from the Union. On April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries began shelling Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and the American Civil War began. The Union Navy effectively blockaded Charleston and seized the Sea Islands. Planters had taken their families (and sometimes slaves) to points inland for refuge.

Next stop, Durham & Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Univ. of North Carolina and Duke University.