Dr. Elizabeth Eubanks
Hello! I am a historian of gender and charity in colonial and early America. My research explores the relationship between benevolence and patriarchy in the port city of Charleston, South Carolina in the eighteenth century.
Charleston was simultaneously one of the richest and poorest cities in the Atlantic World. I examine how
colonial men and women used the system of poor relief to their advantage. The poor gained physical provisions by successfully applying for assistance while wealthy
gentlemen gained power in the community through the
administration of benevolence societies. Charity and patriarchy were linked in colonial America.