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The economic & social transformation of rural Rhode Island, 1780-1850 /
Daniel P.Jones.
Boston, MA : Northeastern University Press, c1992.
xv, 267 p. : ill. --
1555531210 (acid-free paper) :
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Boston, MA : Northeastern University Press, c1992.
1555531210 (acid-free paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-01:
Jones's monograph explores the conflict between a conservative backcountry agricultural society and an emerging progressive, urban-based, market-oriented society in Rhode Island during the early decades of the Republic. The author portrays his study as representative "not only [of] the building but also the waning of. . .interregional antagonism" present in many parts of the country at the time, and illustrative of "the process by which once-alienated settlers were reintegrated." With this emphasis on social change in the backcountry in the post-Revolutionary period, Jones's book fits into the growing list of studies that includes Richard Beeman's The Evolution of the Southern Backcountry (CH, May'85), Albert Tillson's Gentry and Common Folk (CH, Jun'92), and Alan Taylor's Liberty Men and Great Proprietors (CH, Nov'90) though it may not achieve quite the high standards of those works. Where Jones stands on shaky ground is in his assertion that "more than in any other state, Rhode Island hill-country farmers had developed highly localistic social and political traditions" that allowed resistance to the "coastal elite," thus creating a "uniquely autonomous culture." Jones nevertheless presents an effective account of a localistic farming region infiltrated initially by outside regional urban commercial forces and, in the end, bypassed by the national market economy. Graduate; faculty. M. J. Puglisi; Emory And Henry College
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Table of Contents
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Rhode Island and the Rural Northwest: The Colonial and Revolutionary Heritagep. 3
Rural Resistance to Economic and Cultural Improvements: The 1790sp. 37
The Struggle within the Northwest: Customary Rights versus Commercial and Entrepreneurial Improvementsp. 63
Economic and Social Transformationp. 99
Religious and Cultural Transformationp. 131
Conclusion: The Place of Northwestern Rhode Island in Rural Historyp. 173
Appendix: The Churches of Northwestern Rhode Island, 1780-1850p. 181
Notesp. 185
Tablesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 261
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