Inaugural Address of Governor Benjamin R. Tillman, 4 December 1890

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Following Reconstruction and Wade Hampton’s Redemption, Ben Tillman was elected Governor. Though a Democrat, Tillman espoused Populist reform ideas, which resonated with poor and middle class white South Carolinians. In his inaugural address, Tillman made known his views on the “important questions agitating the public mind.” In particular, Tillman discussed the “triumph of democracy and white supremacy.” 


Tillman, Benjamin.  Inaugural address of B.R. Tillman, Governor of South Carolina, Delivered at Columbia, S.C., December 4, 1890.  Columbia, S.C:  James H. Woodrow, 1890. Courtesy South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard USHC 5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of major social, political, and economic developments that took place in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century.

USHC-5.3 Explain the transformation of America from an agrarian to an industrial economy, including the effects of mechanized farming, the role of American farmers in facing economic problems, and the rise of the Populist movement.
USHC-5.7 Compare the accomplishments and limitations of the progressive movement in effecting social and political reforms in America, including the roles of Theodore Roosevelt, Jane Addams, W. E. B. DuBois, and Booker T. Washington.

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"Pitchfork" Ben Tillman and Political Reform in South Carolina - Grade 11

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