Dueling in Charleston: Violence Refined in the Holy City

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Though no landmarks or memorials formally recognize dueling in Charleston, it remains a quintessential element of the Holy City's legacy. Most upstanding locals nourished the duelist's tradition, many going so far as to make it an integral part of their social lives. For a time, even the most casual character insults or slurs toward one's moral fiber or family lineage invited a challenge, and almost always, the offended party was expected to retaliate. Thus, finding full expression in frequency and public acceptance throughout the Lowcountry, a gentleman's duel was a crucial--albeit deadly--matter of taste and caste. For two centuries, Charlestonians dueled habitually, settling personal grievances with malice instead of mediation. Charleston historian J. Grahame Long presents a charming portrait of this dreadfully civilized custom.
ISBN: 9781609495039
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Carolina
Images: 30
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
J. Grahame Long is the head history curator of Charleston Museum. His 2010 jewelry exhibition, Preciousness Preserved, was named a "must see" by Vogue Magazine, and his 2012 exhibit, Blasted: Assorted Projectiles and Explosives from the Civil War was featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.