Forced Founders Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia

ISBN-10: 0807847844
ISBN-13: 9780807847848
Edition: 1999
Authors: Woody Holton
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Description: In this provocative reinterpretation of one of the best-known events in American history, Woody Holton shows that when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other elite Virginians joined their peers from other colonies in declaring independence  More...

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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078

In this provocative reinterpretation of one of the best-known events in American history, Woody Holton shows that when Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other elite Virginians joined their peers from other colonies in declaring independence from Britain, they acted partly in response to grassroots rebellions against their own rule. The Virginia gentry's efforts to shape London's imperial policy were thwarted by British merchants and by a coalition of Indian nations. In 1774, elite Virginians suspended trade with Britain in order to pressure Parliament and, at the same time, to save restive Virginia debtors from a terrible recession. The boycott and the growing imperial conflict led to rebellions by enslaved Virginians, Indians, and tobacco farmers. By the spring of 1776 the gentry believed the only way to regain control of the common people was to take Virginia out of the British Empire. Forced Foundersuses the new social history to shed light on a classic political question: why did the owners of vast plantations, viewed by many of their contemporaries as aristocrats, start a revolution? As Holton's fast-paced narrative unfolds, the old story of patriot versus loyalist becomes decidedly more complex.

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Introduction
Grievances, 1763-1774
Land Speculators versus Indians and the Privy Council
Tobacco Growers versus Merchants and Parliament
Boycotts, 1769-1774
Nonimportation
Nonexportation
Unintended Consequences, 1775-1776
Free Virginians versus Slaves and Governor Dunmore
Gentlemen versus Farmers
Independence, 1776
Spirit of the People
Epilogue
Index

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