The Birth of Virginias Aristocracy (Pocket Book Histories of America) James C. Thompson II

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Published: November 18th 2009

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The Birth of Virginias Aristocracy (Pocket Book Histories of America) by James C. Thompson II
November 18th 2009 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 5.17 Mb

Numerous accounts have been written about life in colonial Virginia, but the story of Virginia’s aristocracy remains a shadowy subject. The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy corrects this problem with a readable, well-illustrated summary of how thisMoreNumerous accounts have been written about life in colonial Virginia, but the story of Virginia’s aristocracy remains a shadowy subject. The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy corrects this problem with a readable, well-illustrated summary of how this small society came to be, who its members were, the purposes it served and why it eventually dissolved.

In addition to gaining an interesting new perspective on the Old Dominion, readers will find the book’s account of what happened in Virginia helpful for understanding for what happened—and is happening—elsewhere.The birthing process of Virginia’s aristocracy started, the author contends, when the leaders of the colony’s several plantations swore their oaths of allegiance and took their seats in its first general assembly. The author suggests that it ended eighty years later when Colonel Richard Lee II transferred his allegiance from the squabbling amalgam that then occupied Virginia to a distant English Lord.

By affiliating themselves in this way with the ancient and hereditary system of Mother England, Virginia’s first families attached themselves to a system that preserved and perpetuated social order for the benefit of their heirs and for the community at large. This system became untenable in 1776, the author explains, when Thomas Jefferson defined the world in terms of a new social and political logic.



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