1770 – American Revolution – Foundations.
Henry Laurens and Charles Pinckney, Junior presided over a meeting at the Liberty Tree in which the continuation of the Association was discussed. Thomas Lynch: “rode fifty miles to Charles Town and exerted all his eloquence and even the trope of Rhetorical Tears for the expiring liberties of his dear country, which the Merchants would sell like any other merchandise.” They then voted to discontinue the boycott on all items except tea, and “send a bitter letter to the northern colonies” about their conduct in breaking the Association.
The non-importation crisis had a severe economic impact on the American colonies, with a dramatic drop in imports from 1768 to 1769.
- New York: £490, 673 to £75,930
- Philadelphia: £441,829 to £204,978
- New England (Boston and Rhode Island): £430,806 to £223,694
- Carolina: £306,600 to £146,273
The stage was now set for Charlestown, and the rest of the American colonies, to shrug off their ties with the British motherland.
Daniel Jenkins discovered four small black children huddled in a railroad box car. Despite the fact that he lived in a two-room house, with his wife and four children, Jenkins brought the orphaned children to his small home. This was the incident that led to the formation of the Orphan Aid Society of Charleston, the founding of the Jenkins Orphanage, the establishment of the Jenkins Orphanage Band. Within ten years, the Jenkins Band had performed in Europe and for Pres. Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration. They later appeared on Broadway in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Porgy, performed for Pres. William Howard Taft and at the Anglo-American Expo in London. They also had a hand in introducing jazz music to small towns up and down the east coast and helping to popularize a dance that became known as “the Charleston.”
For the entire story, read my 2013 book, Doin the Charleston.