Stereograph of East Bay Street in Charleston,

ca. 1870s


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Document Description:

This image is a stereograph. Stereographs, developed in the mid-nineteenth century, are cards with two photographic prints side-by-side, that when viewed through a stereoscope, make the image appear to be three-dimensional. This particular stereograph shows Charleston's East Bay Street during Reconstruction, illustrating the traffic on one of Charleston's main thoroughfares.


"View of East Bay from Post Office (Exchange Building), Charleston; stereograph by G.N. Barnard, Charleston."  Stereograph.  13248.1.  South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 8-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Reconstruction on the people and government of South Carolina.
Indicator 8-4.3 Summarize the events and the process that led to the ratification of South Carolina’s constitution of 1868, including African American representation in the constitutional convention; the major provisions of the constitution; and the political and social changes that allowed African Americans, Northerners, “carpetbaggers,” and “scalawags” to play a part in South Carolina state government.
Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above standard(s), other Social Studies Standards may apply.

Lessons Using This Document:

"Being There": Understanding Reconstruction in South Carolina

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