The Travelers' Charleston
Accounts of Charleston and Lowcountry, South Carolina, 1666-1861
The Travelers' Charleston begins with explorer Joseph Woory's account of the Carolina coast four years before the founding of Charles Town and concludes as Anna Brackett, a Charleston schoolteacher from Boston, witnesses the start of the Civil War. The volume includes Josiah Quincy Jr.'s original 1773 journal; the previously unpublished letters of Samuel F. B. Morse, a portrait artist in Charleston between 1818 and 1820; the original letters of Scottish aristocrat and traveler Margaret Hunter Hall (1824); and a compilation of the letters of William Makepeace Thackeray written in Charleston during his famous lecture tours in the 1850s. Using these sources, combined with excepts from other carefully chosen travel accounts, Fant provides an unusual and authoritative documentary record of Charleston and the lowcountry that allows the reader to step back in time and observe a bygone society, culture, and politics to note key characters and hear them talk and to view firsthand the history of one of the country's most distinctive regions.
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"Jennie Holton Fant has given us an illuminating selection of visitors' accounts of Charleston and the Lowcountry. Seen by many as a place of curiosity, these writings reveal outsiders' impressions of slavery, architecture, politics, and daily life, revealing a complex portrait of an often contradictory city: simultaneously beautiful and ugly, elegant and coarse, charming and menacing."—Maurie McInnis, vice provost for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia
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