William Kauffman Scarborough’s absorbing biography, The Allstons of Chicora Wood, chronicles the history of a South Carolina planter family from the opulent antebellum years through the trauma of the Civil War and postwar period. Scarborough’s examination of this extraordinarily enterprising family focuses on patriarch Robert R. F. W. Allston, his wife Adele Petigru Allston, and their daughter Elizabeth Allston Pringle.
William Kauffman Scarborough, professor emeritus of history at the University of Southern Mississippi, is the author of The Overseer and Masters of the Big House and editor of the three-volume Diary of Edmund Ruffin.
Praise for The Allstons of Chicora Wood
“[Scarborough's] research is meticulous, and he tells his story clearly and well....[a] finely drawn and suggestive account of a prominent South Carolina family.”—Journal of American History
“Scarborough...has crafted a fascinating and insightful view of pre-Civil War planter elite society.”—Tom Elmore, Blue and Gray
“Scarborough's sure-footed and well-constructed account of one of the South's wealthiest planters...provides a welcome addition to the histories of the South, plantation agriculture, slavery, and the singular culture that existed along the South Carolina coast before the Civil War.”—Agricultural History
“Scarborough brings together economic, political, religious, and social strands, while never forgetting the central importance of kinship....[A] concise, informative, and well-written account.”—Richard Campbell, South Carolina Historical Magazine
“This entrancing and historical biography is a key reference for anyone studying and researching southern history, especially the South Carolina Lowcountry.”—Southeastern Librarian
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