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The Brittle Thread of Life: Backcountry People Make a Place for Themselves in Early America

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The colonists who settled the backcountry in eighteenth-century New England were recruited from the social fringe, people who were desperate for land, autonomy, and respectability and who were willing to make a hard living in a rugged environment.

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Mark Williamsand#8217; microhistorical approach gives voice to the settlers, proprietors, and officials of the small colonial settlements that became Granby, Connecticut, and Ashfield, Massachusetts. These peopleand#151;often disrespectful, disorderly, presumptuous, insistent, and defiantand#151;were drawn to the ideology of the Revolution in the 1760s and 1770s that stressed equality, independence, and property rights. The backcountry settlers pushed the emerging nationand#8217;s political culture in a more radical direction than many of their leaders or the Founding Fathers preferred and helped put a democratic imprint on the new nation. This accessibly written book will resonate with all those interested in the social and political relationships of early America.

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Mark Williams teaches history at the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300139228
Author:
Williams, Mark
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Williams, Mark Carlson
Subject:
Granby (Conn. : Town) History.
Subject:
Land settlement - Connecticut -
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - New England
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w illus.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.25 lb

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