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These Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace: the Struggle for Property and Power in Early New Jersey

by McConville, Brendan J. A

  • ISBN: 9780801433894
  • ISBN10: 0801433894

These Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace: the Struggle for Property and Power in Early New Jersey

by McConville, Brendan J. A

  • List Price: $50.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publish date: 07/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780801433894
  • ISBN10: 0801433894
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Description: Brendan J. McConville describes how changes in provincial society -- affecting politics and government, religious life, economic conditions, gender relations, and ethnic composition -- led farmers to resort to violence as a means of settling property disputes. He examines the disagreements in light of competing conceptions of property held by separate landowning classes, differences in the legal and political traditions of British and Dutch colonists, and local conditions unique to New Jersey. He also considers the ways in which the lack of a shared perception of deference among Puritan, Dutch, and multi-ethnic farmers helped foster insurrection.

According to McConville, the social transformations brought into sharp focus by the agrarian unrest ultimately undermined imperial control and encouraged the creation of a new American identity. His book -- the recipient of the Driscoll Prize from the New Jersey Historical Commission prior to its publication -- is an eagerly awaited account of a colony that has seldom been seriously examined by colonial historians and a challenge to those scholars to rethink commonly accepted arguments about the development of the United States.

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