George C. Rogers, Jr., the preeminent historian of South Carolina, taught history at the University of South Carolina for twenty-eight years. Editor of the multi-volume Papers of Henry Laurens project, he is also the author of Evolution of a Federalist: William Loughton Smith of Charleston, 1758–1812; The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina; A South Carolina Chronology, 1497–1992; and most recently Generations of Lawyers, A History of the South Carolina Bar.
"In this attractive and incisive volume the ubiquitous and powerful Pinckney family is treated as the prototype of the dominant elite which headed Charleston society in its 'golden age' from the 1720s to the 1820s."—Journal of Southern History
"It is a delightful book to read and comes from the pen of a master teacher of history."—Charleston Evening Post
"Indispensable reading for anyone interested in the Palmetto State's past."—The State
"The author has gone far to explain the economic and political factors which made what was, in its golden century, the most beautiful and the most interesting city in America."—The Southern Literary Journal