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February 22, 2017

--by Kelly Kean

I share a love of history with my mother. As a dedicated family historian she has been researching our genealogy since the age of seventeen, developing a particularly keen interest in the branch of our family that settled in western South Carolina in the decades before the Revolutionary War. Equally captivated by the complex history of the region, I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in history, writing a “farm-to-fork” history of provisioning urban Charleston in the antebellum era.

While catching up on episodes of PBS’s...

February 16, 2017
This post is the first in a new series highlighting recent additions to the Pearl digital archive. This month, we are especially excited to share a variety of new archival, photographic, book, audio, and video collections covering topics such as the American Revolution, mission work, Civil Rights, and the Vietnam War. Featured historical figures include John Witherspoon, George Duffield, Isabel Rogers, Joseph P. Cochran, John A. Redhead, James Baldwin, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Calvin Thielman....
February 15, 2017

--by William R. Laws III

This February, Northern Californians are remembering the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans to prison camps throughout the American West. In 1942, 80 percent of the nation’s Japanese Americans lived in California.

Because of fears connected to World War II, families were yanked from their homes. Imprisoned in remote places such as...

February 14, 2017

--by Beth Hessel, Executive Director

The recent presidential executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States by residents of seven Muslim-majority countries and by all refugees arrives as many Americans are remembering the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the order empowering the Secretary of War and his commanders to exclude any persons from the West Coast of the United States...

February 9, 2017

--by Richard Reifsnyder

Among the pleasant surprises of my 45th reunion at Yale Divinity School was the discovery that the seminary had given long overdue recognition to James W.C. Pennington, the first African American to attend Yale. A room and scholarship were dedicated in his honor and a portrait hung in the common room with other theological luminaries.[1] In a time...

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