A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York

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Cornell University Press, Jun 4, 2015 - History - 360 pages
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First published in 1971 and long out of print, this classic account of Colonial-era New York chronicles how the state was buffeted by political and sectional rivalries and by conflict arising from a wide diversity of ethnic and religious identities. New York's highly volatile and contentious political life, Patricia U. Bonomi shows, gave rise to a number of interest groups for whose support political leaders had to compete, resulting in new levels of democratic participation.


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Some Problems in Colonial New York History
Settlement and Expansion
Economic Interests and Political Contentions
A Political and Constitutional Crisis
The Founding of Zengers NewYork
A Crisis of Identity in the Making
The Politics of New York at Mid
James DeLancey versus Governor George Clinton
James DeLancey Becomes Acting Governor of New York
Problems and Opportunities
A Concluding Note

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Patricia U. Bonomi is Professor Emerita of History at New York University. She is the author of Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America and The Lord Cornbury Scandal: The Politics of Reputation in British America.

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