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Telling the Untold Story


The Institute

 America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story, group Facebook page and discussion forum (invitation/acceptance required for access)

Video of Opening Ceremony, sponsored by the Beaufort Jasper Higher Education Commission

Video of Lawrence S. Rowland, USCB Distinguished Professor Emeritus, History of Beaufort County

Video of Scholarly Roundtable Discussion (Burton, Benjamin, Rowland, Wise)

Video of Joshua Brown/Minuette Floyd Visual Culture Workshop

Video of Steve Wise, Discussion of Port Royal Experiment

Visual Essays and Lesson Plans

 The Untold Story: Visual Essays on America's Reconstruction (Lowcountry Scholars Press, 2015), published volume edited by institute staff J. Brent Morris and Minuette Floyd featuring select visual essays from 2015 institute participants

Visualizing Reconstruction: Essays on the Untold Story (Lowcountry Scholars Press, 2017) published volume edited by institute staff J. Brent Morris and Thomas Thurston featuring select visual essays and lesson plans from 2017 institute participants

The Untold Story in the classroom! Visual essays from Bob Fenster's (2017 NEH summer scholar) New Jersey high school inspired by the summer institute.

Related Scholarly Projects

The Port Royal Experiement, a documentary film produced by 2015 summer institute faculty Jamie and Christi Keolker (Koelker & Associates) LINK TO TRAILER

Reconstruction at 150: Reassessing the Revolutionary "New Birth of Freedom," an edited anthology of new scholarship on the Reconstruction era, edited by institute director J. Brent Morris and faculty member Orville Vernon Burton LINK TO CALL FOR PROPOSALS


In the News

USCB Press Release

"Reconstruction Revisited," Lowcountry Weekly

"Beaufort District and Reconstruction," Beaufort County Library

"Beaufort County Looks Back on Reconstruction,"

"USCB Professor Awarded $200,000 to Run Institute on Civil War Aftermath," Beaufort Gazette

 "University of South Carolina Beaufort Professor to Conduct Reconstruction Institute," Bluffton Today

 "Beaufort Highlighting Its Reconstruction Role," Charleston Post and Courier 

"Chronicling Reconstruction Sites in South Carolina," SCETV Radio, Walter Edgar's Journal

"Revisiting Reconstruction," Bartography

"Reconstruction Era," Beaufort District Collection Connections

"Lowcountry College Visits Summerton Sites Related to Famous Case,"


Select Digitized Primary Sources

Selected Digitized Primary Sources


Legal and Government Documents

    ◦       Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 ( )

    ◦       The Abraham Lincoln Papers (

    ◦       U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875 ( )

    ◦       Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States ( )

    ◦       Gilder Lehrman Primary Sources of Reconstruction ( )

    ◦       Civil War Maps, 1861-1865 ( )

    ◦       Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents of American History ( )

    ◦       Confederate Imprints Collection from Duke University ( )

    ◦       Primary Documents for the Civil War & Reconstruction (LOC) ( )

    ◦       Landmark Cases of the US Supreme Court ( )

    ◦       Primary Source Documents in African American History ( )

    ◦       Major Speeches by African Americans,1789-Present ( )

    ◦       Documents from Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867 ( )

    ◦       Neglected Voices: Speeches by Black Lawmakers During Reconstruction ( )


Historical Newspapers and Magazines

    ◦       African American Newspapers in Ohio, 1850-1920 ( )

    ◦       The New South, Port Royal & Beaufort, SC,1862-1866 ( )

    ◦       Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive ( )

    ◦       Chronicling America: Library of Congress Historic Newspaper Project ( )

    ◦       Google Newspaper Archive ( )

    ◦       The Secession Era Editorials Project ( )

    ◦       Charleston Museum Illustrated Newspapers Collection ( )

    ◦       Toward Racial Equality: Harper's Weekly Reports on Black America, 1857-1874 ( )


Other Primary Source Resources From the Period

    ◦       African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907 ( )

    ◦       From Slavery to Freedom: The African American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909 ( )

    ◦       South Carolina Broadsides Collection, Colonial Era to Present ( )

    ◦       South Carolina Digital Library ( )

    ◦       Avery Research Center Artifact Collection ( )

    ◦       University of South Carolina Reconstruction Records ( )


Personal Narratives

    ◦       First Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920 ( )

    ◦       Born in Slavery: Slave Narrative from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 ( )

    ◦       Avery Research Center Oral History Collection ( )

    ◦       The Calvin Shedd Papers, Port Royal, SC 1862-1864 ( )

    ◦       The Frederick Douglass Papers at The Library of Congress ( )

    ◦       Letters and Diary of Laura M. Towne ( )

    ◦       Edith M. Dabbs Collection of Papers Relating to St. Helena Island, SC, 1860-1893 (,Edith_M.html )

    ◦       Southern Oral History Program Interview Database ( )


Photos, Images, Advertisements

    ◦       Reconstruction Era Cartoons from Harpers Weekly ( )

    ◦       Images of African Americans from the 19th Century ( )

    ◦       The Donner Collection: Beaufort, SC 1889-1916 ( )

    ◦       Pictures of the Civil War from The National Archives ( )

    ◦       Political Cartoons of the 1860s ( )



    ◦       Sheet Music About Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation & the Civil War ( )

    ◦       African American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (

    ◦       Jubilee Songs: Online Recordings ( )

    ◦       John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (Lib of Congress) ( )