The Price of Nationhood: The American Revolution in Charles County

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 - History - 388 pages
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The American Revolution is seen as a formative event, but it was also a shattering one to those who experienced it. Charles County, situated on the Potomac near Chesapeake Bay, long enjoyed the prosperity of a rich soil and thriving overseas trade. Its social order - white planters at the top, enslaved blacks at the bottom - was stable and its politics were local. This world was swept away by Independence and the war with Britain. Led by its accustomed elite, the county was drawn into the Revolution, fought battles local and distant, and emerged part of a nation, its society admitting greater degrees of freedom and yet impoverished and depleted.
  

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Community studies have resuscitated interest in Colonial America. Here, Lee (history, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) demonstrates that the American Revolution, like many other revolutions before and ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The Chesapeake
5
Within the Bounded Oaks
15
Degrees of Freedom
43
Primed for Revolution
85
The Anglicans and the Catholics
90
Liberty Mad
109
Defending the Potomac Valley from Predatory Warfare
136
All Rejoiced
187
Charles County in the 1790s
191
The Price of Nationhood
222
Epilogue
259
APPENDIX
265
NOTES
287
SELECT LIST OF SOURCES 567
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