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Browsing items in: Solomon Blatt In His Own Words

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    • Photograph of Sol Blatt with University of South Carolina Baseball Team

    • 1916
    • A twenty-one year old Sol Blatt served as manager of the University of South Carolina baseball team. Always a supporter of University of South Carolina athletics, Blatt would no doubt be proud to see the Gamecock Baseball team become one of the...
    • Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Speech on Jewish Rights

    • 1933 - 1939
    • This speech is undated. It was given after the rise of Hitler, and most likely before the beginning of Word War II. Blatt takes the opportunity to remind his hearers of the contributions of Jews to the building of the United States, especially with...
    • Jews, German; 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
    • 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
    • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
    • Photograph of Sol Blatt with Governors

    • 1952-02-13
    • This picture was perhaps taken at Blatt's fifty-seventh birthday party. Blatt (on the far right) is standing next to George Bell Timmerman, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 1947 until 1955. Timmerman would later serve as Governor from...
    • Byrnes, James F. (James Francis), 1882-1972; Timmerman, George Bell, 1912-1994; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Speech Before South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce

    • 1953-11
    • Blatt did not give many speeches outside the halls of state government. In this speech, he outlines the successes that South Carolina experienced with respect to the economy. He also reiterates his belief in the Democratic Party as the party most...
    • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Speech to the Hebrew Benevolent Society

    • 1959-04-06
    • In this wide ranging speech, Blatt expresses pride in his Jewish heritage and in the contributions of Jews to American society. He also discusses the state of the economy. Most importantly, Blatt discussed civil rights for African Americans. He did...
    • Civil rights movement -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986
    • Letter to Judge J.B. Ness

    • 1963-02-18
    • Blatt had a large birthday party every year. In this letter, he regrets that his close friend Judge J.B. "Bubba" Ness cannot attend this year. Ness was born in Manning, SC, but grew up not far from Blatt in Denmark, SC. Like Blatt, he was the son...
    • 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
    • Naming of the Gymnasium at Barnwell High School after Solomon Blatt

    • 1963-12
    • Even while Blatt remained busy with his work in the state legislature, he continued to be involved in Barnwell politics. For example, he was chairman of the Barnwell Public Schools Board of Trustees from 1942 until 1962. To honor him for his years...
    • Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1987

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