April showers are heading toward Charleston, so I’m inspired to use a storm simile to describe this month’s offerings. Our two April programs are like two stages of a hurricane: one recounts the long, swirling buildup of tension just before the storm of Civil War exploded, and the other concerns the eerie period of relative calm in the eye of a momentous Revolution. In both cases, we’ll leave the details of the storm itself and the aftermath for future discussions. And like nature, the somber, foreboding clouds of our April topics will give way to a cheerful May flowering of the arts and culture.
The British Occupation of Charleston, 1780–1782
Following the surrender of “Charles Town” to the British Army on 12 May 1780, British forces occupied and controlled the unincorporated town for more than two and a half years. While a few loyalist merchants prospered under military rule, most of the civilians and prisoners of war in town endured harsh conditions and injustice. Meanwhile, the occupying forces ran the town in a moderately orderly fashion that may have influenced the incorporation of the “Charleston” in 1783. Please join me for a discussion of various aspects of urban life in our community during two and a half years of British martial law.
- Wednesday, 13 April at 6 p.m., Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401
South Carolina’s Path To Secession (encore)
South Carolina’s decision to secede from the United States in December 1860 was a radical move, but it wasn’t a hasty decision. The forty-odd years leading up to our secession were filled with a great deal of divisive political friction, in which South Carolina repeatedly complained of Federal policies that it deemed unfair. Join me for this encore presentation of a recent lecture in which we’ll survey the most significant issues and events that ultimately led to secession and war.
- Thursday, 28 April at 6 p.m., Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401
Questions? Drop me a line at butlern[at]ccpl.org or call 843–805–6968 for more information.