Excerpt from the Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney


An excerpt from the Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney

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Although this particular excerpt is not from Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s original letterbook, the typed and edited version is still quite useful for understanding her daily life. In this entry from March of 1741, nineteen-year-old Eliza describes a letter to her father in which she discusses the plantation she oversaw, the indigo grown, and a neighbor who was causing her some distress.


Pinckney, Eliza Lucas. The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney 1739-1762. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1997.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 2.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of cultural contributions made by people from the various regions of the United States.

2-1.2 Compare the historic traditions, customs, and cultures of various regions in the United States, including how traditions are passed between and among generations.

Standard 2.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the local community and the way it compares with other communities in the world.

2-2.2 Recognize characteristics of the local region, including its geographic features and natural resources.

2-2.3 Summarize the roles of various workers in the community, including those who hold government jobs there.

2-2.4 Summarize changes that have occurred in the life of the local community over time, including changes in the use of the land and in the way that people earn their living there.

Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above standard(s), other Social Studies Standards may apply.

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