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The Palmetto State - ratified Constitution 23 May 1788

South Carolina is a state in the southeastern United States. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River. South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on 23 May 1788. South Carolina became the first state to vote in favor of secession from the United States on 20 December 1860. After the American War Between the States, it was readmitted on 25 June 1868. South Carolina is the 40th most extensive and 23rd most populous of the 50 states.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 34° N — Longitude: 81° W

Area: 82,931 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-SC

Birthplace of

Andrew Jackson, in Waxhaw, on 15 Mar 1767
Virginia Postrel, Virginia Inman, in Greenville, on 14 Jan 1960

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | South Carolina | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 15, fiscal policy rank: 23, regulatory policy rank: 12, personal freedom rank: 18, economic freedom rank: 19
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 167


"Free-Speech Zone", by James Bovard, The American Conservative, 15 Dec 2003
Provides various examples of "free speech zone" incidents as well as reactions in the U.S. and overseas
The Justice Department is now prosecuting Brett Bursey, who was arrested for holding a "No War for Oil" sign at a Bush visit to Columbia, S.C. Local police, acting under Secret Service orders, established a "free speech zone" half a mile from where Bush would speak. Bursey was standing amid hundreds of people carrying signs praising the president. Police told Bursey to remove himself to the "free speech zone." Bursey refused and was arrested. ... Bursey was charged with trespassing. Five months later, the charge was dropped because South Carolina law prohibits arresting people for trespassing on public property.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "South Carolina" as of 1 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.