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The Heart of the Commonwealth
Society and Political Culture in Worcester County, Massachusetts 1713–1861

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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673396

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  • One of the central controversies in our understanding of early America involves the place of republican and liberal thinking in polity and society. The Heart of the Commonwealth presents a synthetic view of the social grounding of republicanism and liberalism in Worcester Country, Massachusetts, from its settlement after the Peace of Utrecht to the eve of the Civil War, as this country's people passed through the formative fires of both national and industrial revolution. Drawing upon a wide range of sources and methods, the book examines the unfolding relationships among ideological discourse, political action, and the institutions and structures of everyday life. Most broadly, the book argues that a broad transition from a republican - or Harringtonian - consensus to a liberal - or Lockean - consensus was conditioned by countervailing episodes of insurgency, running from the Land Bank and the Great Awakening in the 1740s to the rise of political antislavery a century later.

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673396
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.663kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations and tables
    Preface
    Abbreviations used in the footnotes
    Prologue
    Part I. A Provincial World, 1713–1763:
    1. Institutions: towns, countries and class
    2. Economy: class, property, credit, and the Land Bank
    3. Awakening: orthodoxy, dissent, and a new social architecture
    4. Politics: from popular insurgency to Shirley's consensus
    Part II. The Revolution, 1763–1789:
    5. The popular gentry and the revolutionary crisis
    6. The Baptists and the constitution
    7. Conventions, regulation, and antifederalism
    Part III. In the New Nation, 1789–1861:
    8. Party spirit
    9. Economic transformation
    10. Insurgencies
    11. Antislavery
    Epilogue
    Appendices
    Index.

  • Author

    John L. Brooke, Tufts University, Massachusetts

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