- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina is scheduled to hold a lecture about cotton agriculture in the South and its reliance on slave labor.

Author Daina Ramey Berry is speaking Thursday at 4 p.m. at Sloan College on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Berry is the George W. Littlefield Fellow in American History and an associate professor of history and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

The lecture is one of a series of talks exploring how cotton has shaped the lives of people in the South and its culture. Berry’s talk is sponsored in part by the Department of History from the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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