Voices of Migration: 2/20 (2/18)

Savannah and I have had a preliminary meeting with the USCA Archivist, Deborah Tritt. At this point, we are trying to make an inventory of our resources and schedule dates where we can visit the archives. We are also in the process of scheduling interviews with two contacts: George Wingard, from the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, and Thomas Gardiner, the SRS correspondent for the Augusta Chronicle and USCA alumni. By communicating with them, Savannah and I are hoping to get our feet in the door, so to speak, and develop a wider range of resources. As for the archives, we are looking at scheduling a visit to the university archive, as well as the Gregg/Swint Memorial Room. This an archive intended for  research “in Southern economic, social, and labor history for the period 1845 to 1985”. This is important for us because we are aware that our research interests and questions regarding the Savannah River Site may not fall within the purview of the COPLAC task, or are unanswerable at this point in time; however, our intent is to investigate the intersection migration with southern society and labor, there are many facets to explore in our region.

As it stands, Savannah and I have found it difficult to find less generalized information about migration and our area. There is a decidedly hostile attitude toward migration, whether it is our southern neighbors or refugees from abroad, that permeates the south. In Southern Hospitality?
Islamophobia and the Politicization of Refugees in
South Carolina during the 2016 Election Season , Caroline Nagel, Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina, underscores why these tensions exist from a political standpoint and on an existential front.  Second, South Carolina attracts a lot of Mexican migrants. Dr Elaine Lacy’s Mexican Immigrants In South Carolina: A Profile, elucidates …( To be completed: 2/20)

Voices of Migration: 2/5

Throughout my studies and the distant places they take me, I always look down to find myself tangled in the roots of the south, in particular, the  southern identity; our cuisine, art, and institutions (things I have been largely oblivious to) have resonated with me very recently, and in order to enjoy what comforts we appreciate today, I have found it ever more important to follow these roots deep in to soil. In many cases, South Carolina’s sordid history is an inescapable attribute, and we owe recognition to those unjustly persecuted and abused so we may better understand the present and equip ourselves for the future. After I learned about the COPLAC program, this opportunity was alluring because it would allow me to explore these topics. Savannah and I want to investigate if the Savannah River Site effected migration during construction and how, if this follows, the region was impacted.

There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we already have three contacts we are planning on speaking with to get started.