Charleston connection spans centuries at Old Salem
By Shay McNeal
Hunt this season with care, for tucked away just south of the super-slab known as North Carolina Business 40, one will find an honest-to-goodness time capsule. “Old Salem,” sometimes called Salem Township, but known more than 200 years ago simply as Salem, remains pristine. It was the trades’ town of N.C.’s Moravian community. Its continued existence in the middle of the modern capital of the tobacco kingdom known as Winston Salem strikes a stark contrast for the eye. Martin’s History of North Carolina, Volume I, notes the start of the Moravian community as follows: The Unitas Fratrum, or the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United Brethren, commonly called Moravians, made the beginning of its settlement in N.C. in the year 1753.
Portable typewriters and moros y cristianos, Part I
By Ben McC. Moïse
The surges of arriving European tourists permitted but brief opportunity for a moment of respectful homage at the shrine of one of the titans of 20th century letters. I was standing on the sunny veranda on the front left-hand corner of Ernest Hemingway’s winter home in a glade lush with tropical growth less than ten miles outside Havana, Cuba. The altar, a Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter perched atop multi-tiered shelves filled with books and even further elevated on a thick, dictionary-like volume, stands pretty much as Hemingway left it in 1960.
Cultural propaganda and its underlying lies
By Stuart Kaufman
The arts have always been a powerful method of disseminating propaganda, for good or ill. Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” was an extraordinarily potent weapon against McCarthyism in the 1950s. The anti-war songs of the 1960s and 1970s (such as Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind”) were rallying cries for popular opposition to the Vietnam conflict. At this point in history’s cycle, the just-cited examples are considered by most to have been positive influences that resulted in beneficial changes in the direction of this country.
Startups like SnapCap a gift to the Holy City’s economy
By Robert Salvo
For most of Charleston’s history the industries that have supported the Lowcountry have also been the most visible. In an earlier era, this would have meant the cotton warehouses on our waterfront; a generation ago, it was the sprawling Navy Base. Today we see the economic engines of the Holy City whenever a container ship sails up the Cooper River, or when a horse carriage full of tourists clops by. While these important industries still define the landscape of the area, a quiet and less-visible revolution has occurred, bringing the modern knowledge-based economy here to the Lowcountry.
South State Bank a new flowering from deep local roots
By Robert Salvo
You’ve likely noticed the striking blue and yellow signage around the Lowcountry for South State Bank. Although these changes in visuals made the company appear to come out of nowhere, the institution is actually a familiar one with deep Southern roots. The consolidation of six formerly distinct brands, the Lowcountry foundation for South State was built upon South Carolina Bank and Trust, long known around the Holy City as First Federal of Charleston.