The Brittle Thread of Life: Backcountry People Make a Place for Themselves in Early America

The Brittle Thread of Life: Backcountry People Make a Place for Themselves in Early America

by Mark Carlson Williams

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Overview

The colonists who settled the backcountry in eighteenth-century New England were recruited from the social fringe, people who were desperate for land, autonomy, and respectability and who were willing to make a hard living in a rugged environment.

Mark Williams’ microhistorical approach gives voice to the settlers, proprietors, and officials of the small colonial settlements that became Granby, Connecticut, and Ashfield, Massachusetts. These people—often disrespectful, disorderly, presumptuous, insistent, and defiant—were drawn to the ideology of the Revolution in the 1760s and 1770s that stressed equality, independence, and property rights. The backcountry settlers pushed the emerging nation’s political culture in a more radical direction than many of their leaders or the Founding Fathers preferred and helped put a democratic imprint on the new nation. This accessibly written book will resonate with all those interested in the social and political relationships of early America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300139228
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Williams teaches history at the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut.

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