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The Fabric of Liberty
The Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina

Alexander Moore
With George C. Rogers Jr. and Stephen G. Hoffius

An insightful look at the establishment of the Society of Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina

In 1783, soon after the end of the American War of Independence, a group of former Continental Line officers, men who had fought with General George Washington, established the Society of the Cincinnati, a fraternal association that would provide mutual support and keep strong the memories of their recent struggle. In addition to the General Society, constituent groups were formed in each of the original thirteen states and in France.

The Fabric of Liberty recounts the distinctive history, covering more than 225 years, of the Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina. Especially remarkable is the
organization's continuity—it is the only society in the American South to exist continuously from 1783—and its power to heal internal and external dissensions, great and small. Throughout South Carolina's history, the society has been a vehicle for reconciliation between warring political and economic factions: in the aftermath of the American Revolution and during the antebellum era, between Confederate South Carolina and the victorious Union in the Civil War, and in modern times between starkly competing visions of South Carolina's place in the nation and the world.

The Fabric of Liberty is extensively illustrated with color and black-and-white depictions of South Carolina heroes and Cincinnati luminaries, including William Moultrie, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Thomas Pinckney, and the Marquis de Lafayette (who first reached America near Georgetown, South Carolina). Iconography, fine art, and depictions of historical and modern monuments provide visual context. Appendixes identify original members, national officers from South Carolina, and state presidents.

Alexander Moore is a historian of colonial South Carolina, documentary editor, and student of southern art history. The former director of the South Carolina Historical Society, Moore is an acquisitions editor at the University of South Carolina Press and the author or editor of several works on Southern history, most recently Selected Letters of Anna Heyward Taylor: South Carolina Artist and World Traveler.

"Fabric of Liberty is appropriately named. Like an elegant tapestry, the threads of the history of the Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina are carefully interwoven into the history of our state and nation to create a rich, powerful story."—Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History



The Fabric of Liberty


8½ x 11
384 pages
10 color & 66 b&w illus.
ISBN 978-0-9845580-5-6
hardcover, $50.00s
Distributed for
Home House Press

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