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Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, 1739-1762: Intriguing Letters by One of Colonial America's Most Accomplished Women (Women's Diaries & Letters of the Nineteenth-Century South) Paperback – May, 1997

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One of the most distinguished women of colonial America, Eliza Lucas Pinckney pioneered large-scale cultivation of indigo in South Carolina, managed her father's extensive plantation holdings, and raised two sons - Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Thomas Pinckney - who would become celebrated patriots of the new nation. Pinckney's lively letters reveal intriguing details about an eventful life, including her myriad interests, changing politics, innovative ideas about slave education, voracious reading habits, unusually happy marriage, and devotion to her children.
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  • Series: Women's Diaries & Letters of the Nineteenth-Century South
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press; Reprint edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157003186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570031861
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eliza Lucas Pinckney did almost everything. She was the daughter of a British Officer, making her a military brat, she helped run the plantation, developed the market for indigo that allowed Charleston, SC, to survive, wrote a cook book, educated some of her slaves, made sure her children were educated and fought cancer! Her letters are full of amazing facts, of both her daily life and the life of the colonists. Her letters cover everything from her own problems to wars, Indian attacks and taxes. It is a great addition to any library.
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I thought I had written a review for this book awhile back but hadn't so here it is. Wonderful journal of information on Eliza Lucas Pinchney, a South Carolina woman of history who brought Indigo into prominence. Fascinating research within about this woman and her passion for nature and plant dye.
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This is a little difficult to read because it is the publication of letters written by a colonial woman. The editors have worked to make it more understandable (spelling and language). I liked reading this, however, because it revealed the character of Eliza Lucas Pinckney. She was a very unusual, fascinating woman. I don't know too many young women who could effectively run 3 huge plantations at the age of 16.
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As a female descent of Eliza, I am always amazed as I read more about her. These letters show great respect she had of her father and the slaves on the plantations her father owned! She taught the negro slaves to read alongside her own children! She made sure each one was educated and could take care of themselves as they became older! At 16, she had already brought her father's 3 plantations back to making money during the years he and been away leaving a 16 year old female in charge of it all. When he left, he was almost in financial ruin!
Now I know where the females in our family get their work either, success, stubbornness, and never give up attitude from!
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