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August 2021

One-Day Seminar: The Progressive Era hosted by Historic Columbia & South Carolina Council for History Education (Columbia, SC)

August 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

After the Civil War, the challenges presented by a developing industrial economy helped to encourage the progressive movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The political and economic landscape had changed fundamentally, and many argued that industrialization, technological innovation, urbanization, big business, and large accumulations of wealth threatened equality of opportunity and the common good. Political corruption only added to the problem. Special interests were said to dominate the political process to the benefit of the few and…

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November 2021

One-Day Seminar: Reconstruction hosted by The Penn Center (St Helena Island, SC)

November 2 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Before the Civil War ended, the Lincoln administration turned its attention to the enormous challenge of “reconstruction.” Reconstruction called for reconciliation between North and South. It also posed seemingly unanswerable questions. What was the proper political status of the formerly rebellious Southern states? Were they states reasserting their rights under the existing Constitution or conquered territories? What role should the national government play in protecting the civil rights of freedmen, blacks, and Unionists in those Southern states? What should happen…

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One-Day Seminar: Eugenics in the Progressive Era hosted by South Carolina Council on the Holocaust (Columbia, SC)

November 11 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

From about 1900 to the late 1920s, America had an active eugenics movement. Supporters argued the public good, required removing from the population genes thought to cause low intelligence, or immoral, criminal or anti-social behavior. States passed laws requiring medical exams before issuing marriage licenses and compulsory sterilization laws. Prominent Americans, influential civic societies, and religious organizations endorsed the movement. Eugenics always had its critics. Some governors vetoed eugenics bills, federal and state courts regularly found forced sterilization laws unconstitutional…

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