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Gentlemen Revolutionaries: Power and Justice in the New American Republic

Tom Cutterham


In the years between the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the Constitution, American gentlemen—the merchants, lawyers, planters, and landowners who comprised the independent republic's elite—worked hard to maintain their positions of power. This book shows how their struggles over status, hierarchy, property, and control shaped the ideologies and institutions of the fledgling nation. The book examines how, facing pressure from populist movements as well as the threat of foreign empires, these gentlemen argued among themselves to find new ways of justifying economic and political inequalit ... More

Keywords: American gentlemen, merchants, lawyers, planters, landowners, power, hierarchy, property, political inequality, economic inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172668
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172668.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Cutterham, author
University of Birmingham

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