From liberty to liberality : the transformation of the Pennsylvania Legislature, 1776-1830 /
Anthony M. Joseph.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2012.
xiv, 201 p.
0739121081 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780739121085 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2012.
0739121081 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739121085 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
A republic of petitioners -- The agenda and its critics -- Financing the republic -- A republic of banks -- Improving the republic.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-195) and index.
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In any event, Joseph gives historians a new angle to espy the dramatic changes occurring in the early 1800s. He clearly has defined a perception by which Americans came to understand and justify those changes, and consequently he gives historians another opportunity to examine the ongoing debate while adding to the mix the concept of "liberality."
"Anthony Joseph's superb study of the Pennsylvania legislature from 1776 to 1820 is a model work that shows how economic opportunity and relations with the national government were as important as the state's extensively studied political factionalism in shaping that body's development. The state responded to tax resistance in the 1780s by simply not taxing its inhabitants, but still provided for internal improvements and economic development through selling lands and taxing the banks and corporations it chartered. Joseph thereby helps us understand the Whiskey and Fries's Rebellions as the responses of people who resented impositions by an even more remote national government. He also successfully challenges the scholarly dichotomy between liberalism and republicanism. The radical assembly of 1776 that was concerned with preserving local and personal rights developed into a liberal bicameral body that considered its main task to be economic development, which was the best way of achieving a virtuous, as well as prosperous, commonwealth. Joseph's book traces how Pennsylvania charted a complicated path to become the nation's leading industrial state that defies the standard categories historians apply to the early republic."
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