Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Charleston’s Faulty “Contextualization”


I grew up in Summerville, South Carolina, just a few miles from historic Charleston. This quiet little town is separated from the Holy City by some plantations, swamps, and marsh but shares the same fascination with local history. Folklore states that Summerville is the birthplace of sweet tea, the source being a newspaper article from 1890 that lists the menu for a Confederate veterans’ reunion and included, in addition to jaw-dropping quantities of beef, ham, and bread, “600 pounds of sugar” and “880 gallons of iced tea to wash it down.”

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