standing of power and status, adherence to mainstream Protestantism, and a demonstrated loyalty to the principles and procedures of Virginia political culture." Gail S. Terry's provocative examination of two elite families demonstrates how post-Revolutionary tensions led to increasingly republican rhetoric without changing the hierarchical realities of political leadership. Her analysis in "An Old Family Confronts the New Politics" shows why the egalitarian implications many associate with American independence actually came decades after the war ended, and how "ties of kinship and interest continued to shape political practices well beyond the period of the early republic." The remaining two pieces in the collection examine the architecture of houses and barns to reveal both the application of European patterns and innovations undertaken to meet frontier conditions. Michael Puglisi and his contributors succeed in exposing the diversity of the frontier and the inescapable need for accommodations to thrive there. Perhaps they will convince us to banish forever the image of a frontier line separating civilization from its contraries. Certainly these authors lead us to question whether any dweller in that distant time and place could ever truly "settle" such a land. We glimpse in these discrete studies a world of ceaseless
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1998
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