Time of Tradition and Transition:
A Symposium on the South and World War I

March 14-15, 2019

WWI symposium sponsors logoLander University is primed to further understanding of how World War I affected the South in this centennial year of the war’s conclusion. Greenwood has had debate on commemoration because the local war memorial listed fallen soldiers’ names by race. Local American Legion members sued over the S.C. Heritage Act, and a judge’s ruling enabled the installation of a new plaque with an alphabetical listing of soldiers’ names. In November 2018 Louisiana State University Press published The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924, co-edited by Ryan Floyd (Lander University) and Matthew Downs (University of Mobile). Speakers at the Symposium also include the following authors of some of the book’s chapters: Angela Jill Cooley, Keith Gorman, Fritz Hamer, Janet Hudson, and Kathelene Smith.This grant allows Lander to bring accomplished historians and local citizens together for a Symposium to explain how WWI affected the South’s culture, economy, and politics.

The project’s goals are: (1) to enlighten students and citizens to better understand how WWI impacted the South; and (2) to promote local history—specifically Greenwood and Upstate South Carolina.

The Symposium will include panel discussions by experts on the roles of women in the war effort and in the economy; the U.S. military and foreign policy; race relations; agriculture and food culture; and the South’s economy and later economic development.  Evening plenary sessions of historians and citizens involved in debates about historic preservation will address topics about Greenwood and the Upstate of South Carolina as well as across the South, highlighting economic, social, and political transformations during the war and after its end.  Finally, students from Lander University and Presbyterian College will present their research.


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SC Public Radio interviews about WWI and the South

Several historians participating in the Symposium have given interviews to S.C. Public Radio to help citizens understand the impact of the war on South Carolina and the South as a whole.

Upcountry Museum
Upcountry History Museum

The Upcountry History Museum is proud to encourage those interested in learning more about World War I and the South to visit the museum and see its exhibit, Answer the Call: From Recruit to the Front Lines of WWI.

SC Humanities

The Symposium is made possible through the generous support of S.C. Humanities. The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.