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
     
 

Landon Carter, a Virginia planter, left behind one of the most revealing of all American diaries. In this astonishingly rich, intimate history, Isaac mines this remarkable document-and many other sources-to reconstruct Carter's world as the American Revolution shook it to its roots. Carter writes at white heat, his words sputtering from his pen as he documents the… 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, intimate history, Isaac mines this remarkable document-and many other sources-to reconstruct Carter's world as the American Revolution shook it to its roots. Carter writes at white heat, his words sputtering from his pen as he documents the terrible rupture that the Revolution meant to him. He rose against the "father King," George III, who betrayed his subjects, but Landon was outraged when his own household defied his patriarchal rule: his son showed insolent resentment, his daughter Judith eloped with a forbidden suitor, and eight of his slaves made an armed exodus to freedom. The seismic upheaval he helped to start had crumbled the foundations of Carter's own house.

With deep learning and empathy, Rhys Isaac unfolds not only the life, but also the mental world of our countrymen in a long-distant time. 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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"In Isaac's hands the story of the Revolution in a small corner of Virginia breaks into multiple competing narratives that reveal the rich interplay between the local and the Atlantic, between the personal and the political, and, above all, between lost stories told by subalterns and the recorded stories of a patriarch-master."--James Sidbury, The Journal of Southern History

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ISBN-13:
9780195159264
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2004
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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