By Cynthia M. Kennedy
"[A] attractive, deeply researched, and gracefully written social history." ―Leslie Schwalm, collage of Iowa
This research of ladies in antebellum Charleston, South Carolina, appears on the roles of ladies in an city slave society. Cynthia M. Kennedy takes up problems with gender, race, (slave or free), and sophistication and examines the methods each one contributed to conveying and replicating energy. She analyses what it intended to be a lady in a global the place traditionally particular social classifications decided own future and the place even as humans of colour and white humans mingled day-by-day. Kennedy’s research examines the lives of the ladies of Charleston and the range in their makes an attempt to barter the net of social kinfolk that ensnared them.
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Charleston’s low elevation continued to in®uence its maturation and contributed to its distinctive disease environment throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Colonial Charleston absorbed subsequent white immigrants who sought riches through commerce and plantation agriculture, and together they constituted the low country’s nascent master class. A substantial number of French Protestants, or Huguenots, ®ed their country in the 1670s and 1680s. By 1723 French inhabitants composed approximately one-¤fth of the city’s population.
Tidal culture required enormous amounts of labor, both during the growing season and in the offseason when ditches, dikes, canals, and trunks required maintenance, so Charleston merchants increased their trade in human property. The city established itself as a major slave trading center. During the decade of the 1730s, Charleston traders imported nearly twenty thousand slaves, most of them from Angola. The city boundaries expanded to accommodate its growing population during this same period. 21 In 1739 and 1740, three incidents rocked Charleston and presaged an intensi¤ed, fundamental disquiet that had quickly characterized the city’s social relations, tensions that originated in enormous racial inequality.
Spreading itself among us [like a] dreaded . . ” But still another correspondent wrote, “Kiss black or white, why need it trouble you? ” Most of the sexual mingling in Charleston occurred between white men and women of color, slave and free. 16 Consequently, many of Charleston’s free people of color were descended from a mother or grandmother who arrived in Charleston a slave, and who achieved freedom when a former owner and sexual partner manumitted her. Light-skinned women of color particularly drew the attention of city visitors.