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Gentlemen RevolutionariesPower and Justice in the New American Republic$
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Tom Cutterham

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691172668

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691172668.001.0001

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(p.9) Chapter One Inheritance
Gentlemen Revolutionaries

Tom Cutterham

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the role of inheritance in the transmission of privilege and power. However much they reveled in the symbols and the language of republican equality, those who called themselves gentlemen did not give up their sense of superiority. They did not give up their power over slaves or women, nor the status that set them apart from other men. Struggles over how to understand that status and how to recast it in a revolutionary light began as soon as independence was declared, and they wore on long after it was won. As long as some men possessed what others did not, equality would remain a problematic ideal. Moreover, as long as those men desired to keep what they had, and pass it on to their children, there would always be the question of inheritance.

Keywords:   inheritance, privilege, power, republican equality, American gentlemen, superiority, independence

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