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Title:
William Penn's legacy : politics and social structure in provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755
Author:
Tully, Alan.
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Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [1977]

©1977
Physical Description:
xvi, 255 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780801819322
Format :
Book

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Central Library H31 .J6 SER.95 NO.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
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Summary

Tully presents a detailed study of a 30-year period in Pennsylvania following the death of its founder, William Penn, and concludes that, contrary to accepted beliefs, the 18th-century political world was largely one of peace, regularity, and order. He reveals that of fundamental importance to the nature of political life in the colony were a whole series of institutional safeguards, informal political practices, and behavioral norms that worked to resolve conflict before it became deeply disruptive. Society as a whole remained cohesive rather than divisive, and was cemented by political convention, economic interdependence, and social inbreeding. Illus.


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