Episode 10, Season 3 / Dec 28, 2023

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Reconstruction, then and now (Part I)

The Prologue

The Prologue

In this two-part episode, producer Sara A. Lewis visits the South Carolina Sea Islands, where the triumphs and tragedies of Reconstruction have left a unique legacy. In Part I, join Sara on Edisto Island, where formerly enslaved people owned land, built schools, and created prosperous communities all before the Emancipation Proclamation. Hear from scholars and local experts as they tell the story of Edisto’s inspiring successes, its unjust dissolution, and the marks that both have left on the island today. This episode features musical performance by Frankie James, Olivia Stith, Samantha Higgs, and Dominique Jones, with arrangement by Frankie James, and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the African American History Commission.

Beyond The Prologue

From the Archive: “The Condition of Gray Itself”

In 2020, Baynard Woods contributed an essay to our 109th issue about the artist Jasper Johns, his 1962 drawing Edisto, and the history-steeped landscape of South Carolina. Read the full story here.