Inventory of the Frank Sturcken Papers, 1951 - 1999

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Francis "Frank" Sturcken, a 1951 graduate of the College of Charleston, received the Bingham Oratorical award for a controversial essay entitled "The Liquid South." This essay denounced segregation.
This collection contains materials related to Frank Sturcken's essay, "The Liquid South," including copies of the essay, a memoir, correspondence in reaction to the essay, and clippings. Much of the material contains personal annotations.
Title: Frank Sturcken Papers, 1951 - 1999
Creator: Sturcken, Francis.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 9004v
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
(3 folders)

Biographical Note

Francis "Frank" Sturcken graduated from the College of Charleston in 1951. That year, he wrote an essay denouncing segregation entitled "The Liquid South" for the College's annual Bingham Oratorical Contest and won the contest for the third consecutive year. In this piece, Sturcken wrote that segregation laws were "based upon the lie that the Negro can be segregarted and not discriminated against.... In a complex society such as ours, that is, of course, impossible. You can have no segregation without discrimination."

The essay piqued the interest of Judge Julius Waties Waring, who distributed it to his associates and promoted its publication in various newspapers throughout the country, although it received minimal local attention.


Collection Overview

This collection contains materials related to Frank Sturcken's essay, "The Liquid South." Includes copies of the essay, a memoir, correspondence in reaction to the essay, and clippings. Much of the material contains personal annotations.

Collection Arrangement

1. Writings, Correspondence, and Clippings



Subject Headings

  • College of Charleston -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Segregation -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Segregation -- United States -- History.
  • Segregation in education -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Segregation in education -- United States -- History.
  • Sturcken, Francis.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Writings, Correspondence, and Clippings, 1951-1999.

   Folder 1
Essay: "The Liquid South," 1951
   Folder 2
Correspondence, 1951, 1953, and 1999
   Folder 3
Clippings


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Sturcken Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Farrell, January 2010

Encoded by Jessica Farrell, May 2010

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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