A Tumultuous People: The Rage for Liberty and the Ambiance of Violence in the Middle Colonies in the Years Preceding the American Revolution

A Tumultuous People: The Rage for Liberty and the Ambiance of Violence in the Middle Colonies in... A TUMULTUOUS PEOPLE: THE RAGE FOR LIBERTY AND THE AMBIANCE OF VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE COLONIES IN THE YEARS PRECEDING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION1 Joseph S. Tiedemann Loyola Marymount University t is a daunting task to make sense of the Middle Colonies­ Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware­in the period before the American Revolution.2 More than elsewhere in British North America, these four colonies were a discordant medley of peoples of different ethnicities, religions, values, and economic interests, who often viewed government, whether local or imperial, as an intrusive force.3 They were a region with two competing, contrasting focal points: New York City and Philadelphia. They were a land where Quaker pacifists crossed paths with the combative Scots Irish; where large, wealthy landowners, who craved tenants, fought against poorer people, who yearned to own their own small farms; and where colonial governors and provincial assemblies repeatedly vied for power.4 Although it sometimes appeared as if all that united the region's peoples was that they inhabited a territory that bisected New England and the South, the reality was much more complicated. If scholars heed Wayne Bodle and view the Middle Colonies as pennsylvania history: a journal of mid-atlantic studies, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Penn State University Press

A Tumultuous People: The Rage for Liberty and the Ambiance of Violence in the Middle Colonies in the Years Preceding the American Revolution

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A TUMULTUOUS PEOPLE: THE RAGE FOR LIBERTY AND THE AMBIANCE OF VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE COLONIES IN THE YEARS PRECEDING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION1 Joseph S. Tiedemann Loyola Marymount University t is a daunting task to make sense of the Middle Colonies­ Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware­in the period before the American Revolution.2 More than elsewhere in British North America, these four colonies were a discordant medley of peoples of different ethnicities, religions, values, and economic interests, who often viewed government, whether local or imperial, as an intrusive force.3 They were a region with two competing, contrasting focal points: New York City and Philadelphia. They were a land where Quaker pacifists crossed paths with the combative Scots Irish; where large, wealthy landowners, who craved tenants, fought against poorer people, who yearned to own their own small farms; and where colonial governors and provincial assemblies repeatedly vied for power.4 Although it sometimes appeared as if all that united the region's peoples was that they inhabited a territory that bisected New England and the South, the reality was much more complicated. If scholars heed Wayne Bodle and view the Middle Colonies as pennsylvania history: a journal of mid-atlantic studies,

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Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Nov 3, 2010

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