Prominent Historian Dr. Walter Edgar Featured Speaker At USC Upstate’s Constitution Day

September 13, 2010 at 8:43 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate will pay tribute to Constitution Day when it hosts Dr. Walter Edgar, one of the most prominent historians in South Carolina and a National Public Radio personality, on Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Campus Life Center Ballroom. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Edgar’s presentation, South Carolina and the Constitution, will examine the Founding Fathers’ vision of our new country, their competing goals, and the complex issues surrounding this pivotal document in American history. Edgar will also discuss the role that South Carolina played in shaping the United States Constitution.

“Given the relevance of the subject, especially with Election Day just around the corner, Dr. Edgar’s visit provides valuable opportunities for educators, students, history buffs, and the community at-large to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and how it affects South Carolina politics today,” said Dr. Paul Grady, assistant professor of history at USC Upstate and organizer of the event. “The Constitution shapes so much about our day to day existence – our basic liberties and freedoms, the conduct of our police, the powers and limitations of our government, and much more – making it important for our schools to heighten our student’s understanding of this crucial document.”

Edgar, director of the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, is a Carolina Trustee Professor, the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies, the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History, and a Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts. A graduate of Davidson College and 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 his most recent publication 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). In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he is the host of two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” a look at contemporary events in context and “South Carolina from A to Z.”

 A selection of his most popular books on South Carolina history will be available for purchase and Dr. Edgar will be available for book-signing after his speech.

This event is sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences and The Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies. For more information or to arrange for group seating, please contact Dr. Paul Grady at (864) 503-5731 or