Power and status : officeholding in Colonial America /
edited by Bruce C. Daniels ; essays by Grace L. Chickering ... [et al.].
1st ed. --
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press ; Scranton, Pa. : Distributed by Harper & Row, c1986.
xiv, 328 p. : ill.
081955118X (alk. paper) :
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Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press ; Scranton, Pa. : Distributed by Harper & Row, c1986.
081955118X (alk. paper) :
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-02:
These 11 essays identify and explain the attributes of political elites on the local and colony levels, mainly for the period of 1700 to 1775. Three studies analyze, respectively, leadership patterns in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in 30 Connecticut towns, and on Maryland's Western Shore. Two essays will perhaps be of most interest to historians: 1) a reappraisal of Pennsylvania's Quaker party and its continuing influence to the eve of the Revolution; and 2) a profile of 275 speakers of the lower houses of assembly, from 1689 to 1775. Evaluations of the Councils of New York, New Jersey, and Virginia show contrasting attitudes toward the road to power and imperial-colony issues. One might question the editor's assertion of an emerging intercolonial dimension among the conciliar elites. One recurring theme of the essays is the importance of family and status as means for obtaining political power. The essays collectively offer a wealth of information as well as revisionist perspectives. There are 89 figures and tables and a thorough index to enhance this publication. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-H.M. Ward, University of Richmond
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