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Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820
     

Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820

by Alan Taylor
 

This detailed exploration of the settlement of Maine beginning in the late eighteenth century illuminates the violent, widespread contests along the American frontier that served to define and complete the American Revolution. Taylor shows how Maine's militant settlers organized secret companies to defend their populist understanding of the Revolution.

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This detailed exploration of the settlement of Maine beginning in the late eighteenth century illuminates the violent, widespread contests along the American frontier that served to define and complete the American Revolution. Taylor shows how Maine's militant settlers organized secret companies to defend their populist understanding of the Revolution.

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A fascinating study of the settlement of Maine during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Maine's militant settlers, or Liberty Men, organized secret militias to defend their populist understanding of the American Revolution (and their farms) from the legal claims of the Great Proprietors--wealthy and powerful land speculators who meant to limit the Revolution. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807819098
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.33(d)

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A book that will changed the way we think about early American frontier settlement and the political struggles that accompanied it.—William J. Cronon, Yale University

A fascinating, richly textured story that will have a major impact on our understanding of American social history during the Revolution and early Republic.—Robert A. Gross, College of William and Mary

Taylor's book is a major milepost that shows how far historians have come in exploring the significance of the frontier in American history. . . . It is a work of subtlety, complexity, and best of all, true discovery. The frontier landscape in Taylor's book . . . is inhabited by real people, who are full of conflicts and contradictions. By being sensitive to their economic, social, and spiritual aspirations, Taylor makes their world believable and meaningful. And perhaps most important, he reminds us that, no matter what kind of order proprietors and planners tried to impose on the landscape and the people themselves, the history of the American frontier has never been as neat as some people would like.—Gregory H. Nobles, Reviews in American History

Meet the Author

Alan Taylor is professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.

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