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Browsing items in: Solomon Blatt In His Own Words

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    • Christmas Gift Order

    • 1981-10-19
    • Blatt gave Christmas gifts to numerous friends and supporters. This one order alone (and it was not the only one from 1981) amounted to $1013.85.
    • Christmas; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Corespondence between Dr. H.R. Pratt-Thomas and Solomon Blatt

    • 1963-12-04
    • Blatt had a great deal of influence in the state, but his recommendation did not guarantee success for an applicant. In this case, Mr. Webster is denied admission to the Medical College of South Carolina on the basis of his grades and age.
    • Medical University of South Carolina; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Correspondence between I. DeQuincey Newman and Solomon Blatt

    • 1964-08-13
    • On August 7, 1964, Blatt received a spurious NAACP membership card in the mail. He then wrote I. DeQuincey Newman, state executive director of the NAACP, informing him that he did not wish to join the organization. Although the NAACP had had a...
    • Newman, I. DeQuincy, 1911-1985; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. South Carolina State Conference; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Correspondence Between Sol Blatt and Beverly King

    • 1966-04-25
    • In Blatt's lengthy response to a student working on a project for school, he outlines many of the duties of the Speaker of the House. Blatt often responded to such requests from school children.
    • South Carolina--Politics and Government--1951- ; South Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Correspondence with Butler Derrick

    • 1981-07-21
    • Democrat Butler Derrick represented South Carolina's Third District in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 until 1995. Just as Blatt opposed Carter for refusing to provide more funds to the Allied plant in Barnwell, he opposed...
    • Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Documents on the Barnwell Ring

    • 1946
    • This series of documents deals with the controversy surrounding the so-called Barnwell Ring. Strom Thurmond ran his 1946 gubernatorial campaign in part against Blatt and President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina State Senate, Edgar Brown. Both...
    • Barnwell (S.C.); Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Index Cards on State Legislators

    • 1975
    • This is merely a sample of the numerous index cards that Blatt kept on each legislator. These date from the mid-1970s. His comments on each legislator included summaries of their political views and even some personal information. Blatt also...
    • South Carolina--Politics and Government--1951- ; South Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives; Finney, Ernest A. (Ernest Adolphus), 1931- ; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to Bernard Baruch

    • 1949-02-19
    • Bernard Baruch was a wealthy financier, philanthropist, and presidential advisor. Baruch, like Blatt, was of the Jewish faith and a native of South Carolina. Blatt is attempting to use his connections to Baruch to get Winston Churchill to visit the...
    • Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to C.G. Fuller

    • 1951-06-08
    • With the construction of the Savannah River nuclear power plant, thousands of workers moved into Barnwell. This influx of people created numerous logistical problems for the school system. Here, Blatt asks a Barnwell property owner to give his home...
    • School facilities; Savannah River Site (S.C.); Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to Frank Howard

    • 1949-12-28
    • Blatt was heavily involved in the public schools in Barnwell County. He often asked coaches at the state's colleges to recommend candidates who might fill coaching vacancies at local high schoools. In this series of letters, Coach Frank Howard at...
    • Clemson Tigers (Football team); Howard, Frank, 1909- ; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to Governor James F. Byrnes

    • 1950-12-13
    • An able politician, Blatt staunchly supported James F. Byrnes during the 1950 gubernatorial race. He then parlayed this political capital into a successful campaign to regain the speakership in 1951. This letter reveals the closing working...
    • Byrnes, James F. (James Francis), 1882-1972; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to J.A. Chase at the University of South Carolina

    • 1946-08-23
    • As an influential state lawmaker, Blatt often wrote letters of recommendation for students entering college. Blatt was an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, and a member of the Board of Trustees until 1946, the year in which he wrote this...
    • Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to R.F. Poole and Admiral Norman Smith

    • 1948-09-06
    • In this letter, Blatt asks the presidents of Clemson and the University of South Carolina not to change the date of the annual rivalry game between the two schools. Until 1959, the two schools played the game on Thursday during the week of the...
    • Clemson Tigers (Football team); South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks (Football team); Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to R.J. Aycock

    • 1950-06-22
    • Blatt was known for identifying and cultivating gifted leaders. Here, he gives advice to Representative Jim Aycock of Pinewood. He tells Aycock to focus on his concern for the poor and infirm while also highlighting fiscal responsibility. Aycock...
    • South Carolina--Politics and Government--1951- ; South Carolina. General Assembly. House of Representatives; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to Ralph Lewis

    • 1949-04-16
    • Blatt often spoke for the interests of the University of South Carolina in the state legislature. In this series of letters, he urges University of South Carolina alumni secretary Ralph Lewis to gather support for a bill that would provide $875,000...
    • University of South Carolina; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986.
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to Robert Coker

    • 1945-08-24
    • The state legislature was considering a bill that would allow farmers to buy fertilizer directly from the state of South Carolina. Although a Democrat who supported Roosevelt's New Deal, Blatt frequently expressed his belief in private enterprise,...
    • Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter from Solomon Blatt to Senator Olin Johnston

    • 1949-09-23
    • When Olin Johnston was governor of South Carolina, he opposed Blatt in his initial campaign for the Speaker's chair in 1937. In this letter, however, Blatt asks for Johnston's help in getting aid for the state's cotton farmers.
    • Johnston, Olin D. (Olin Dewitt), 1896-1965; Farmers, Cotton; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter to Albert Watson

    • 1963-07-16
    • Albert Watson represented South Carolina's Second District in the United States House of Representatives. As this letter indicates, his own views were increasingly out of step with the national Democratic Party on civil rights issues. Watson even...
    • Watson, Albert William, 1922-1994; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter to Charlie J. Bloch

    • 1966-11-26
    • In this somewhat tongue-in-cheek letter, Blatt displays a certain amount of pride at being labeled a segregationist. While Blatt was perhaps less outspoken than other white leaders, a 1966 speech against a compulsory education bill led many to see...
    • Integration, Racial; Smith, Gerald L.K. (Gerald Lyman Kenneth), 1898-1976; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter to Dick Williams and Edward Mixson

    • 1965-07-15
    • In this instance, Blatt advocates for a prisoner at the local jail. Although it is uncertain as to whether or not Mr. Smyly was one of Blatt's law clients, Blatt frequently spoke for the interests of those whom he represented even after their trial.
    • Prisoners, work release of; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986

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