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Pennsylvania's Revolution

Edited by William Pencak
  • Copyright: 2010
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • Page Count: 408 pages
  • Illustrations: 1 illustration/5 maps
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-03579-6
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-03580-2

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Pennsylvania’s Revolution embodies a new era of scholarship about the state’s Revolutionary past. It breaks from a narrowly focused study of Philadelphia and the 1776 Constitution to evaluate Pennsylvania’s internal conflicts during the Revolutionary period. Pronounced struggles between Pennsylvania’s own citizen factions during the late eighteenth century are often cited by historians to demonstrate how this trend produced important social and political changes throughout the American colonies. By examining these experiences from multiple angles, this book reflects the overarching themes of the Revolution through a detailed study of Pennsylvania—the most radical of the thirteen colonies.

In this volume, William Pencak brings together fifteen essays that expand our knowledge of the complex changes that occurred in Pennsylvania during this tumultuous era. Acting as a companion to John Frantz and William Pencak’s regionally focused 1998 volume Beyond Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Revolution takes a topical approach to the discussion of the state’s internal turmoil. Through the lens of political and military history along with social history, women’s history, ethnohistory, Native American studies, urban history, cultural history, material culture, religious history, print culture, frontier/backcountry studies, and even film studies and theater history, this volume gives readers a glimpse of the diverse nature of contemporary and future historiography of Pennsylvania’s Revolutionary period.

William Pencak is Professor of American History at Penn State University and editor of five previous volumes from the Penn State Press.

Contents

Preface

Introduction

William Pencak

1 “Falling Under the Domination Totally of Presbyterians”: The Paxton Riots and the Coming of the Revolution in Pennsylvania

Nathan Kozuskanich

2 The Americanization of the Pennsylvania Almanac

Patrick Spero

3 German-Language Almanacs in Revolutionary Pennsylvania

Philipp Münch

4 Religion, the American Revolution, and the Pennsylvania Germans

John B. Frantz

5 Out of Many, One: Pennsylvania’s Anglican Loyalist Clergy in the American Revolution

William Pencak

6 The Sons of the Old Chiefs: Surveying Identity and European-American Relationships in the “New Purchase” Territory (Centre County, Pennsylvania, 1769–1778)

Russell Spinney

7 Double Dishonor: Loyalists on the Middle Frontier

Douglas MacGregor

8 Esther DeBerdt Reed and Female Political Subjectivity in Revolutionary Pennsylvania: Identity, Agency, and Alienation in 1775

Owen S. Ireland

9 Redcoat Theater: Negotiating Identity in Occupied Philadelphia, 1777–1778

Meredith H. Lair

10 William Thompson and the Pennsylvania Riflemen

Robert J. Guy Jr.

11 Agency and Opportunity: Isaac Craig, the Craftsman Who Became a Gentleman

Melissah J. Pawlikowski

12 Constructing Community and the Diversity Dilemma: Ratification in Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe

13 The Decline of the Cheerful Taxpayer: Taxation in Pennsylvania, c. 1776–1815

Anthony M. Joseph

14 Two Winters of Discontent: A Comparative Look at the Continental Army’s Encampments at Valley Forge and Jockey Hollow

James S. Bailey

15 Music, Mayhem, and Melodrama: The Portrayal of the American Revolution in Pennsylvania on Film

Karen Guenther

Appendix: Publications of Henry Miller

Translated by Jan Logemann

Notes by William Pencak

List of Contributors

Index

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