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The Last Rice River

Exploring the transformation of nearly a quarter million acres on the state’s rivers for rice agriculture, this new StoryMap chronicles the development of the crop that created the wealthiest families in America and coastal prisons for thousands of enslaved laborers.


StoryMaps is a new approach to content creation using a variety of media assets - video, archival images, text, graphics and maps - for a rich experience.


Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) developed this storytelling tool as a companion to a suite of arcGIS applications used in hundreds of disciplines from epidemiology and archaeology to urban planning and journalism.  And now, storytelling.

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The Ring People

Forty centuries ago, ancient natives left their mark on the landscape of coastal South Carolina. Today, archaeologists from SC DNR, a dozen universities and the National Park Service search for clues to our earliest-known coastal dwellers.


The story takes viewers to remote sites as scientists discover the ancient South Carolinians who built monumental rings of shell. 

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The Beginning of the End

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Koelker & Associates, LLC  /  Aiken South Carolina


This podcast's first episode, released on Juneteenth, sets up the story of the beginning of the end for rice on the Combahee River. 


Eminent scholars explore the politicians, planters, soldiers and slaves in the run-up, prosecution and aftermath of the American Civil War.