SEAT OF EMPIRE: The Political Role of 18th Century Williamsburg by Carl Bridebaugh

SEAT OF EMPIRE: The Political Role of 18th Century Williamsburg

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KIRKUS REVIEW

First of a new series of popular histories of Williamsburg and Tidewater Virginia in the 18th century, this attractively planned small volume examines the reasons why the Virginia Tidewater and Piedmont planter society was able to produce a galaxy of brilliant political leaders and craters instrumental in the movement for independence. The social setup provided schooling in leadership. Each plantation was a self sufficient small world, the master virtual ruler, vestry and parish offices often inherited, the House of Burgesses a miniature Parliament. A clear and unbiased study of an important historical and social phase in colonial development this should find a place on High School and college reading lists.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1950
Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg