Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation

Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation

by Rhys Isaac
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195189086

ISBN-13: 9780195189087

Pub. Date: 09/29/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Landon Carter, a Virginia planter, left behind one of the most revealing of all American diaries. In this astonishingly rich biography, Isaac mines this remarkable document--and many other sources--to reconstruct Carter's interior world as it plunged into revolution.
The aging patriarch, though a fierce supporter of American liberty, was deeply troubled by…  See more details below

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Landon Carter, a Virginia planter, left behind one of the most revealing of all American diaries. In this astonishingly rich biography, Isaac mines this remarkable document--and many other sources--to reconstruct Carter's interior world as it plunged into revolution.
The aging patriarch, though a fierce supporter of American liberty, was deeply troubled by the rebellion and its threat to established order. His diary, originally a record of plantation business, began to fill with angry stories of revolt in his own little kingdom. Carter writes at white heat, his words sputtering from his pen as he documents the terrible rupture that the Revolution meant to him. Indeed, Carter felt in his heart that he was chronicling a world in decline, the passing of the order that his revered father had bequeathed to him. Not only had Landon's king betrayed his subjects, but Landon's own household betrayed him: his son showed insolent defiance, his daughter Judith eloped with a forbidden suitor, all of his slaves conspired constantly, and eight of them made an armed exodus to freedom. The seismic upheaval he helped to start had crumbled the foundations of Carter's own home.
In Landon Carter's Uneasy Kingdom Rhys Isaac unfolds not only the life, but also the mental world of our countrymen in a long-distant time. Moreover, in this presentation of Landon Carter's passionate narratives, the diarist becomes an arresting new character in the world's literature, a figure of Shakespearean proportions, the Lear of his own tragic kingdom. This long-awaited work will be seen both as a major contribution to Revolution history and a triumph of the art of biography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195189087
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,017,913
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

The ArgumentXI
First WordsXIII
Dramatis Personae
The Carters and the BealesXXIII
Sabine Hall-1770s Staff of the Dual HouseholdXXIV
IRevolution in House and Home
1Morning of Revolution3
2The Egypt of This Exodus17
3"All for Love"37
IIEnlightenment Calm
4Plantation Pastoral57
5Landon's Library85
6Plantation Medical Science105
IIIPolitics, War, and Rebellion
7Landon, Legislator123
8Rebellions Begin163
IVA Troubled Old Regime
9Master and Slaves187
10Duties Betrayed233
11Contests at Home265
VKing Lear Into the Storm
12Primal Rebellions287
13Landon and Nassaw313
14Toward Death323
Last Words333
Chronology337
Annotation339
About the Illustrations396
Acknowledgments400
Index401

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