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Valinda Littlefield and Marjorie Spruill
History professors Valinda Littlefield and Marjorie Spruill are co-editors of the first-ever anthology of South Carolina women.

Professors collaborate on first anthology of South Carolina women

The history of the Palmetto State is a rich and complex tableau that is made richer when the study of women is included. Focusing on the lives of individual women—some famous and some obscure—shows how women shaped and were shaped by society.

That’s one of the pictures that emerges in South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press) a new three-volume anthology edited by Carolina history professors Marjorie Julian Spruill and Valinda W. Littlefield with co-editor Joan Marie Johnson, a lecturer in history at Northeastern Illinois University.

Launching the first volume

The first volume in the anthology was introduced during a special day-long symposium at the University June 4, immediately before the eighth Southern Conference on Women’s History of the Southern Association for Women Historians June 4-6.

Each of the three volumes contains about 18 essays on noteworthy women in the state’s history, starting in Volume I with the Lady of Cofitachequi, a 1560s Native American chieftain, and ending in Volume III with S.C. Supreme Court Justice Jean Hoefer Toal.

Volume I covers the period through the Civil War; Volume II, which is due in January 2010, covers Reconstruction through 1920; and Volume III, set for publication in summer 2010, will conclude in the present day.

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