Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840

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Lexington Books, 2007 - History - 235 pages
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Virginia's American Revolution follows the Virginia revolutionaries from their decision for independence on May 15, 1776, through the following 60 years_when the last of them finally passed from the scene. To their surprise, the decision to break with Great Britain entailed reconsideration of virtually all of their major political and social institutions, from the established church, their aristocratic state government, and feudal land tenures to slavery and their federal relations with the other American states. Some of these issues, such as the place of the Church of England in the newly republican Virginia, received quick resolutions; others, such as the nature of the relationship between the elite and other men, were not so easily decided. All of them were considered against the backdrop of Virginia's decline from preeminence in the Revolution and early Republic to the position of just another state in the age of Jackson. By following Virginia's American Revolution from start to finish, this account shows why so many revolutionaries in the Old Dominion died doubting that their great struggle had been worth the effort.
 

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Contents

Establishing a Republic
7
Implementing the Revolution 17761788
45
The Virginia Ratification Convention of 1788
83
Defending Virginias Revolution against the Federalists
113
May All Your Dreams Come True
135
Like Dust and Ashes
163
The Road from Southampton
207
Bibliography
209
Index
227
About the Author
235
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Kevin R. C. Gutzman is associate professor of history at Western Connecticut State University.

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