Adger became one of the wealthiest and most influential merchants of antebellum Charleston, and he used his position to good effect in the affairs of the city. Read the Entry »

African Americans contributed to both the American and British causes during the Revolutionary War as laborers, soldiers, sailors, guides, teamsters, cooks, and spies. Read the Entry »

On the eve of the Civil War, per capita wealth for the free residents of All Saints was among the highest in the nation. Read the Entry »

Allston's philosophy of art elevated the image of American artists from mere artisans to romantic idealists. Read the Entry »

Much like another prominent nineteenth-century political figure, James Chesnut, Alston is primarily remembered as the husband of his legendary wife. Read the Entry »

Also known as Little Carpenter, he was an influential leader of the Cherokees in the mid-1700s. Read the Entry »

The original edition of The Birds of America established Audubon’s reputation as America’s leading nature artist. Read the Entry »

When captured, she refused to reveal the position of her husband’s company, and some accounts reported that the British beat her in retaliation. Read the Entry »

William Bartram’s interests were broader than his father’s (John Bartram). In addition to botany, his book contains a great deal of information about animal life and both English and Indian societies. Read the Entry »

In contrast to his time in Philadelphia and London, Benbridge achieved success almost immediately on settling in Charleston. Replacing the rigid colonial portrait style of the aging Jeremiah Theus, Benbridge worked instead in a manner that demonstrated the many different sources and influences he was exposed to in Europe. Read the Entry »