South Carolina Glossary

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A 1773 map of the Province of South Carolina.


(noun) - the frontier, or less populated area of North and South Carolina


Woman and man playing string instruments standing near wall.


(noun) - a musical instrument with strings, first made by African-American slaves

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meat cooking a metal grill over fire hot coals.


(noun) - meat grilled or cooked over an open fire. In South Carolina, barbeque often refers to pork covered in one of several different kinds of sauces, such as mustard-based or tomato-based sauce.

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Bird's eye view of an island surrounded by blue water.

barrier island

(noun) - a long, narrow island running parallel to the mainland that protects the coast from wind and waves


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a man considering a chicken while a man waits for him to make a decision.


(noun) - a direct trade of goods or services

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small blue rivers emptying out into a large river.


(noun) - an area of water that drains into a river

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blue uniformed soldiers fight grey uniformed soldiers on battlefield.


(noun) - a fight between groups of soldiers

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Four sharply dressed men posing for a picture.

beach music

(noun) - a genre of music popular in South Carolina that combines musical styles of the 1940s-1960s. Beach music is closely associated with the Carolina Shag dance style.


Cooked corn, potatoes, crab, and shrimp laying on newspaper.

Beaufort Stew

(noun) - a boil of seafood, pork sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob that is also named Frogmore stew or Lowcountry boil.


faint writing on a fragile piece of yellowed paper.

Bill of Rights

(noun) - a part of the U.S. Constitution that lists the rights of each citizen of the United States

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Three books propped against a wooden background.


(noun) - a person’s life story

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ships on choppy water under cloudy skies.


(noun) - ships used to isolate a city, often a port, in order to prevent food, people, and communications from coming in or out

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A long ship on water against a peach and blue ombre sky.

blockade runner

(noun) - A vehicle, usually a naval one, that attempts to bring cargo across a blockade


A yellowed sheet of rules with Sunday Laws written in large bold capital letters.

blue laws

(noun) - also known as Sunday laws, are laws designed to restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities for religious reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest. Blue laws may also restrict shopping or ban the sale of certain items on specific days, most often on Sundays in the United States.

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mountain under a sunny blue sky with thin clouds.

Blue Ridge

(noun) - the rugged, mountainous region of northwestern South Carolina also referred to as the "upcountry"

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A building dangerously close to the edge of a bank of land by the sea.


(noun) - a high, steep bank of land, such as by a river or the sea


cotton boll


(noun) - the seed pod of a plant such as cotton or flax
black and white insect with red eyes.

boll weevil

(noun) - a beetle measuring an average length of six millimeters (¼ inch), which feeds on cotton buds and flowers

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two young men standing at meat counter


(verb) - to protest by refusing to purchase or do business with a person or business

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A black and grey location marker of Briggs v. Elliott

Briggs v. Elliott

(noun) - a court case in South Carolina that was combined with three other cases in Brown v. Board of Education, where the U.S. Supreme Court officially overturned racial segregation in public schools

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Red, White, and blue flag


(adjective) - of Great Britain, now the United Kingdom

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