ISBN-10:
0691089140
ISBN-13:
9780691089140
Pub. Date:
07/23/2001
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution / Edition 1

Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution / Edition 1

by T. H. Breen

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Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution / Edition 1

The great Tidewater planters of mid-eighteenth-century Virginia were fathers of the American Revolution. Perhaps first and foremost, they were also anxious tobacco farmers, harried by a demanding planting cycle, trans-Atlantic shipping risks, and their uneasy relations with English agents. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and their contemporaries lived in a world that was dominated by questions of debt from across an ocean but also one that stressed personal autonomy.

T. H. Breen's study of this tobacco culture focuses on how elite planters gave meaning to existence. He examines the value-laden relationships--found in both the fields and marketplaces--that led from tobacco to politics, from agrarian experience to political protest, and finally to a break with the political and economic system that they believed threatened both personal independence and honor.

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ISBN-13: 9780691089140
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/23/2001
Edition description: With a New preface by the author
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 829,172
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface to the Second Paperback Edition xi

Preface xxv

Acknowledgments xxix

I. An Agrarin Context for Radical Ideas 3

II. Tobacco Mentality 40

II. Planters and Merchants: A Kind of Friendship 84

IV. Loss of Independence 124

V. Politicizing the Discourse: Tobacco, Debt and the Coming of Revolution 160

Epilogue: A New Beginning 204

Index 211

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