Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney
Four Generations of Letters from Carolina's "Little Visionary"
When 16-year-old Eliza Lucas's father was deployed to Antigua in 1740, he left the management of his household and three plantations in Eliza's capable hands. In these lively letters, she describes her adventures handling her father's affairs, cultivating and exporting indigo, educating her sister and the black children on the plantations, and helping to build up the economy of her fledgling colony through her many business schemes. Hear her words of encouragement and exhortation to four generations of men in her family, including her two sons, both Revolutionary War heroes, over the full and fruitful lifetime of this great mother of our country.
Selected and edited by Elizabeth Botkin, music by Elizabeth Botkin. America has a remarkable, but largely unknown, legacy of strong, intelligent, Christian womanhood. In "Voices from the Past," Victoria Botkin will take you back to original source documents, enhanced by period music, breathing life into the very words of real heroines of American history.
2 hours 17 min.