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A "topping people"; the rise and decline of Virginia's old political elite, 1680-1790.


A "topping people"; the rise and decline of Virginia's old political elite, 1680-1790.

Evans, Emory G.

U. of Virginia Press


266 pages




Evans (history emeritus, U. of Maryland-College Park) traces the persistence of 21 elite families across what many celebrated or decried as a democratic disjuncture. Members of the families served in governing institutions of the crown and the colony, then shifted seamlessly to serving in the governing bodies of the new republic. He looks at the beginnings of the family and their dominance, politics 1700-76, the economy, and society 1700-76.

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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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