Walter Edgar, Professor Emeritus of History, University of South Carolina, shares the seldom told story of the South's influence in the American Revolution.
The American Revolution in the South: A Story Seldom Told
Walter Edgar, Professor Emeritus of History, University of South Carolina
The British failed in their attempt to suppress the American Revolution in the South in 1776 but returned in 1778 to capture Savannah. In 1780 they took Charleston and launched a campaign to crush the Revolution in the Carolinas and Virginia. The war in the South - often neglected in accounts of the Revolution - involved some of the most vicious battles and intense partisan struggles of the entire war. The ultimate American victory in the South secured the independence of the new United States.
Walter Edgar is a celebrated teacher, writer and speaker on the history of South Carolina and the American South. He recently retired from a forty-year career at the University of South Carolina. He is the editor of The South Carolina Encyclopedia (2006) and the author of more than a dozen books, including South Carolina: A History (1998) and Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution (2001). Professor Edgar is well known in South Carolina for his weekly radio program, "Walter Edgar's Journal," in which he discusses contemporary topics in historical context. He is an honorary member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of South Carolina.
The George Rogers Clark Lectures, which are held at Anderson House, the headquarters of The Society of the Cincinnati, have been presented each year since 1975. The series has featured lectures by Samuel Eliot Morison, Edmund S. Morgan, David McCullough, Gordon S. Wood, Pauline Maier and other leading historians of the American Revolution. The George Rogers Clark Lecture is made possible through the generous endowment gift of a member of the Society of the Cincinnati who wishes to remain anonymous.
This live online presentation of the 2012 George Rogers Clark Lecture is a program of the American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati.
Before his retirement from the University of South Carolina, for thirty-two years Walter Edgar was Director of its Institute for Southern Studies and held four named professorships, including the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History. Born in Mobile, Alabama, he did his undergraduate work at Davidson College and his graduate work at the University of South Carolina. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on South Carolina and the American South, including The South Carolina Encyclopedia (2006) of which he was editor-in-chief. He is also the author of South Carolina: A History (1998) and Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Campaign that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution (2001). He has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1985.