"American Revolutionaries in the Making" Analytical Essay by Research Group

"American Revolutionaries in the Making"
Discusses Charles S. Sydnor's book "American Revolutionaries in the Making" about political practices in pre-Revolution Virginia.
# 26947 | 2,128 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US

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"American Revolutionaries in the Making: Political Practices in Washington's Virginia" (previously known as "Gentlemen Freeholders") by Charles S. Sydnor, is an account of pre-revolutionary political practices in Virginia. The paper analyzes Sydnor's book and shows that, by and large, the book is a minutely detailed account of burgess elections and the operations of the House of Burgesses in Virginia.

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"But Sydnor's method is to establish something as a fault and then to point out how it was not a fault, after all, since the aristocracy of Virginia was devoted to itself. He does not, of course, put it this way, but he does seem to have difficulty with the concept that their dedication to public service and their dedication to their own well-being were often the same thing. He does not even bother to suggest very seriously that disinterested public service is entirely different from the type of oligarchy he describes. For Sydnor, however, the early Virginians were to be praised for the existence in their colony, "long before the American Revolution what Alexander Hamilton wanted to bring into existence in the nation: the firm attachment to government of the rich, the well-born, and the able" (14)."

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