Settlement and Unsettlement in Early America
By (author) Kenneth A. Lockridge
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Settlement and Unsettlement in Early America by Kenneth A. Lockridge
Book DescriptionIn this synthesis of recent work on early America, Kenneth Lockridge portrays a society divided against itself and unable to arrive at a generally acceptable basis for political order. The special circumstances of American life eroded the foundations of social and political stability, and continued to do so until long after the Revolution. The original stream of emigration deposited in the New World a great many people unwilling to accept any person, principle, or institution as a legitimate source of authority. The claims of would-be American gentlemen were subjected to unyielding scrutiny. Rejecting all claims to higher social, political, and religious authority. A highly mobile populace kept its distance from putative hierarchs by venturing again and again beyond the perimeters of settled social institutions. This recurring process of settlement and unsettlement encouraged an active scepticism regarding all pretensions to hierarchy, and it reaffirmed a commitment to local authorities, locally legitimated.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521522342
(216mm x 138mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kenneth A. Lockridge
On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage, Paperback (September 1994)
An examination of the misogynist writings in the commonplace books of William Byrd II and Thomas Jefferson. This work explores the structures, contexts and significance of these writings in the wider historical contexts of gender and power.
New England Town, Paperback (September 1988)» View all books by Kenneth A. Lockridge
In his highly original and controversial study. Professor Lockridge traces the origins of Dedham, Massachusetts, carefully examining its establishment as a utopia in 1636, the changes that occurred during the first four generations of its settlement, and the kind of community it had become by the mid-eighteenth century.
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