Gentlemen and Freeholders: Electoral Politics in Colonial Virginia John Gilman Kolp

ISBN: 9780801858437

Published: October 14th 1998

Hardcover

264 pages


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Gentlemen and Freeholders: Electoral Politics in Colonial Virginia  by  John Gilman Kolp

Gentlemen and Freeholders: Electoral Politics in Colonial Virginia by John Gilman Kolp
October 14th 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 264 pages | ISBN: 9780801858437 | 3.66 Mb

Previous attempts to understand eighteenth-century Virginias local politics have portrayed a stable, consistent, and uniform public culture extending from 1725 to 1815 and variously described as aristocratic, oligarchic, democratic, or ritualistic. Kolp, by contrast, proposes a dynamic model of a local political culture, one broadly shaped by regional, provincial, and imperial influences but primarily conditioned by local personalities and issues. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, he reveals who ran for office, who voted and with what frequency- he explains how candidates jostled for position before running for office, how they appealed to freeholders, how public issues and private considerations influenced voter behavior, and whether levels of competition can contribute to a better understanding of social stability and unrest.



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