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Eliza Lucas
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     challenging words:    economic, military, generally, botany, successful, teens, manufacturers, solution, death, economy, separate, decorative, independence, labor, service, early
     content words:    Eliza Lucas, British Army, When Lieutenant Colonel Lucas, South Carolina, Lieutenant Colonel Lucas, Using Eliza Lucas, American Revolution, George Lucas, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, South Carolina Business Hall


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Eliza Lucas
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Men and women led separate lives in the early colonies. The men were responsible for the heavy labor. They were generally responsible for making major decisions. A woman's work was usually in the home. She cooked, cleaned, and cared for the children. Occasionally, the woman of the house was allowed to earn a little extra money for the family by taking in sewing or laundry. Very seldom did you hear of a woman making important decisions on how a farm or large plantation should be run.
 
2     The Southern colonies relied on one crop to keep the economy going. That crop was rice. The farmers relied so much on rice that they produced more than was needed. They had storehouses full of rice and nowhere to sell it.
 
3     The solution to the economic problems in the Southern colonies came from a very surprising source. The answer came from a young girl still in her teens. Her name was Eliza Lucas. Eliza's father was a British Army officer. He and his family had lived on the island of Antigua. When Lieutenant Colonel Lucas' wife became ill, he moved his family to the colony of South Carolina. He hoped that the change in climate might bring better health to his wife. He bought land in South Carolina and built his own plantations.

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