In August 1938, nearly 12,000 majority-white New Deal laborers employed by the federal government began clearing land, relocating communities, and erecting a forty-two-mile system of dams and dikes under the direction of the South Carolina Public Service Authority.
A Platform on Representation, Engagement, and Community
Author: Morgan P. Vickers
Morgan P. Vickers (they/them) is a writer, researcher, community historian, ethnographer, and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley. Morgan’s work illuminates Black geographies and ecologies, placemaking, federal dam and reservoir projects, moral geographies, community memory studies, and questions of belonging. Their current work focuses on swamplands, dam/nation, and drowned Black towns of the New Deal era.