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CONTENTS

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xi-xii

As usual, the most enjoyable aspect of this project has been the archival research. Happily, most of the primary materials on the Allstons . . .

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-8

A number of distinguished Lowcountry families have left an indelible mark upon the political and economic history of South Carolina. One . . .

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1 THE EARLY YEARS: West Point and Return to Carolina

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pp. 9-17

Robert Francis Withers Allston was born on April 21, 1801, at Hagley plantation, a short distance below Waverly, his father’s Waccamaw River . . .

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2 POLITICS AND MARRIAGE, 1828–1840

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pp. 18-31

Although Robert Allston occasionally seemed to manifest an almost casual attitude toward his contests for public office, it is clear that . . .

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3 CONSTRUCTING A PLANTATION EMPIRE

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pp. 32-61

However important were his contributions in the realms of politics, education, and religion, it was as a rice planter that Robert Allston achieved . . .

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4 CHURCH AND SCHOOL: Robert Allston’s Religious and Educational Contributions

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pp. 62-PS6

In addition to his role as a planter-politician, Robert Allston was also a prominent lay leader in the Protestant Episcopal Church and a strong proponent . . .

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5 POLITICS AND FAMILY: Senate President, the Nashville Convention, and Benat West Point, 1840–1855

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pp. 81-110

The decade and a half preceding his term as governor proved to be an eventful period for Robert Allston and his family. After serving continuously . . .

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6 GOVERNOR AND THE APPROACH OF ARMAGEDDON, 1856–1861

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pp. 111-129

In view of his narrow defeats in the gubernatorial elections of 1842 and 1844 and his long tenure as president of the State Senate, it is not surprising . . .

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7 WAR AND DEFEAT: The Deaths of James L. Petigru and Robert F. W. Allston, 1861–1865

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pp. 130-158

The guns that echoed over Charleston Harbor in April 1861 signaled the beginning of a conflict that would lead to the demise not only . . .

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8 POSTBELLUM TRAVAILS: Adele’s School, Return to Chicora Wood, Bessie as Woman Rice Planter

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pp. 159-183

The Allstons faced a dismal and foreboding future at the dawn of the postbellum era. The head of the family was gone, their slaves had been . . .

APPENDIX A: The Allston and Petigru Families

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pp. 185-187

APPENDIX B: The Allston Plantations

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pp. 188-189

APPENDIX C: The Public Career of Robert F. W. Allston

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pp. 190-190

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 191-196

INDEX

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pp. 197-204