Accommodating revolutions: Virginia's Northern Neck in an by Albert H. Tillson Jr.

By Albert H. Tillson Jr.

Accommodating Revolutions addresses an issue of lengthy status between historians of eighteenth-century the US and Virginia -- the level to which inner clash and/or consensus characterised the society of the innovative period. specifically, it emphasizes the advanced and sometimes self-defeating activities and judgements of dissidents and different non-elite teams. through concentrating on a small yet major area, Tillson elucidates the a number of and interrelated resources of clash that beset progressive Virginia, but additionally explains why in any case so little changed.In the Northern Neck -- the six-county component of Virginia's Tidewater mendacity among the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers -- Tillson scrutinizes a prosperous and robust, yet , planter elite, which integrated such favourite males as George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, Landon Carter, and Robert Carter. through the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries, the Northern Neck gentry faced not just contradictions in cultural beliefs and behavioral styles inside their very own lives, but in addition the power hostility in their poorer white acquaintances, coming up from a various array of neighborhood fiscal and political matters. those insecurities have been extra intensified through alterations within the method of African American slavery and through the transforming into function of Scottish retailers and their Virginia brokers within the advertising of Chesapeake tobacco. For a time, the upheavals surrounding the conflict for American Independence and the approximately contemporaneous upward thrust of bright, biracial evangelical non secular hobbies threatened to extend well known discontent to the purpose of overwhelming the gentry's political authority and cultural hegemony. yet in any case, the prevailing order survived primarily intact. partly, this used to be as the region's leaders stumbled on how you can restrict and accommodate threatening advancements and styles of switch, mostly by using conventional social and political appeals that had served them good for many years. but partially it used to be additionally simply because traditional Northern Neckers -- together with many leaders within the pursuits of wartime and spiritual dissidence -- consciously or unconsciously accommodated themselves to either the styles of financial switch reworking their global and to the normal beliefs of the elite, and therefore have been not able to articulate or settle for another imaginative and prescient for the way forward for the sector.

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In the closing years of the colonial period, Landon Carter apparently became engaged in an extended quarrel with the major leaders in the Farnham Parish section of Richmond County. At times, political disputes could become intense, and even violent. 62 29 Accom modat i ng R e volu t ions In some cases, political antagonists charged one another with particularly egregious and self-interested misconduct. In a 1779 dispute over the location of the Stafford County courthouse, for example, the opponents of a new location alleged that its advocates had acted at a court session attended by no more than nine of the thirty justices, that they had refused to authorize a survey to determine the county’s geographic center, and that they had defeated by a one-vote margin a motion to delay the decision until a later meeting when more of the justices could attend.

As late as 1782, one observer portrayed the Virginia legislature as shaped by the rivalry of these two families. In the closing years of the colonial period, Landon Carter apparently became engaged in an extended quarrel with the major leaders in the Farnham Parish section of Richmond County. At times, political disputes could become intense, and even violent. 62 29 Accom modat i ng R e volu t ions In some cases, political antagonists charged one another with particularly egregious and self-interested misconduct.

The next year, Carter’s son and Francis Lightfoot Lee were elected by vigorously courting public favor. ” 60 As will be discussed in chapters 5 and 7, the political changes of the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary years would encourage still more concessions to the popu lar will and still more unease among the Northern Neck gentry. Not only did Northern Neck leaders lower themselves by undignified appeals for fickle popu lar support. They also engaged in self-interested and often unseemly quarrels among themselves.

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