Politics of South Carolina in 1989
In 1989, South Carolina was a politically conservative state. The Republican Party held a majority in the state legislature and had a strong presence in the governor’s office. The Governor at the time was Carroll Campbell, who had been elected in 1986 and was running for a second term in 1990.
The major issues facing South Carolina in 1989 were economic development and education reform. The state had recently suffered from an economic downturn, with businesses closing, unemployment rates rising and wages stagnating. In response to this crisis, Governor Campbell pushed for tax cuts and incentives to attract new businesses to the state, as well as increased spending on educational initiatives such as school vouchers and merit-based scholarships.
South Carolina’s social policies were also largely conservative during this time period. Abortion was illegal except in cases of rape or incest, gay marriage was not recognized by the state government, and public prayer was allowed in schools. There were also efforts to pass legislation restricting access to pornography which ultimately failed despite some support from certain religious groups.
The Republican Party dominated politics during this period but there were still some Democratic politicians who managed to gain support from voters. Among them were Fritz Hollings who served as Governor from 1971-1979 and Ernest F Hollings who served as Senator from 1966-2005. Both men advocated for progressive policies such as civil rights reforms, environmental protection measures and public health initiatives that helped improve life for South Carolinians during this period.
Overall, it can be concluded that during 1989 South Carolina was politically conservative with Republicans dominating politics while still allowing some progressive voices such as Fritz Hollings & Ernest F Hollings to be heard on important issues like civil rights & environmental protection.
Population of South Carolina in 1989
In 1989, the population of South Carolina was estimated to be 3,739,922 people. The state had a population density of 80.5 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the state was 68.2% White, 27.7% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race made up 4.5 percent of the population in 1989. The median age in South Carolina was 33 years old in 1989 with 24 percent of the population under 18 years old and 12 percent over 65 years old. The sex ratio was almost equal with 50.3 percent female and 49.7 percent male in 1989.
The largest cities in South Carolina in 1989 were Columbia (the capital), Charleston, North Charleston, Rock Hill, Greenville, Spartanburg and Sumter with populations ranging from 100 thousand to 300 thousand people each according to U S Census data from that year. See ehuacom for information about the capital city of South Carolina. As for employment statistics in South Carolina for 1989 most citizens worked in manufacturing: textiles (16%), food products (10%) paper products (8%), chemicals (6%) wood products (6%), fabricated metal products (4%) transportation equipment (4%) electrical equipment/appliances/components (3%) printing/publishing/chemicals (3%). Other industries that employed citizens at a lesser rate included finance/insurance/real estate; wholesale trade; retail trade; services; construction; mining; transportation/public utilities; agriculture forestry fishing hunting etc.; government etc. Overall, the unemployment rate for South Carolina as an average for that year was 7%.
Economy of South Carolina in 1989
In 1989, the economy of South Carolina was largely driven by manufacturing. Textiles, food products, paper products, chemicals, wood products, fabricated metal products and transportation equipment were some of the top industries in the state. The textile industry employed about 16% of the population with other manufacturing industries contributing an additional 29%. Finance/insurance/real estate; wholesale trade; retail trade; services; construction; mining; transportation/public utilities and agriculture forestry fishing hunting etc. also employed citizens in South Carolina at a lesser rate.
According to U.S Census data from that year, the median household income was $25,433 and per capita income was $11,973. The poverty rate for all people under 18 years old was 28% while 10% of all people over 65 years old were living in poverty in 1989. In terms of education attainment, 27% had not completed high school while 22% had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.
The unemployment rate for South Carolina as an average for that year was 7%. This number varied greatly by county with some counties having double-digit unemployment rates while others had single-digit unemployment rates. The highest unemployment rates were found in rural areas and cities with lower educational attainment levels such as Charleston and North Charleston which had 13% and 11%, respectively.
According to liuxers, the economy of South Carolina in 1989 was largely based on manufacturing with textiles being one of its main industries. The median household income and per capita income were slightly lower than the national average but there were still areas within the state where poverty levels were significantly higher than other parts of the country. Education attainment levels also varied widely across different counties making it difficult for some to find employment opportunities due to lack of qualifications or experience needed for certain positions or industries.
Events held in South Carolina in 1989
1989 was a year of celebration and commemoration in South Carolina. The state celebrated its 350th anniversary with a variety of events and activities throughout the year.
The celebration began in January with a grand ball at the Statehouse in Columbia. The event was held to honor the state’s heritage, culture, and accomplishments over its 350-year history. The ball featured performances from local musicians, dancers, and actors as well as special guests from around the nation.
In February, the first-ever South Carolina African American History Month was celebrated with a series of events across the state. These included lectures on African American history, art exhibits featuring works by African American artists, film screenings, concerts, and other activities honoring African Americans’ contributions to South Carolina’s culture and history.
In April, Charleston hosted an international symposium on maritime archaeology that brought together experts from around the world to discuss new discoveries in shipwreck research and underwater archaeology. At this event there were also several panels focusing on maritime heritage conservation efforts in South Carolina.
The summer months saw several large festivals take place across the state including Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston; Artisphere in Greenville; Festival International de Louisiane in Columbia; JazzFest West in Florence; Summerfest at Lake Murray; Shagfest at Myrtle Beach; RiverFest at Lake Wylie; Palmetto Fest at Edisto Beach; Taste of Summerville on Main Street; and Picnic In The Park at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens among many others. These festivals featured food booths serving up local delicacies such as boiled peanuts, shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes and more along with live music performances by regional bands playing blues, jazz, country & western music or rock & roll.
The fall season kicked off with September’s “A Walk Through Time” event which took visitors through eight locations to learn about 300 years of South Carolina’s rich history through stories told by costumed interpreters representing different eras of SC’s past. This was followed by October’s National Hunting & Fishing Day which celebrated hunting and fishing traditions throughout SC’s outdoorsy landscape as well as November’s Native American Heritage Month which featured special events highlighting Native American cultures found throughout the state such as dances performed by members of various tribes living near Charleston or pottery demonstrations given by Catawba Nation members near Rock Hill.
Finally, December marked the end of 1989 festivities with Christmas parades taking place all over SC bringing cheer to towns throughout the state just before Santa Claus made his annual visit on Christmas Eve.