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Victoria E. Bynum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.001.0001

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Jones County’s Carolina Connection

Jones County’s Carolina Connection

Class and Race in Revolutionary America

(p.11) Chapter One Jones County’s Carolina Connection
"The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition"

Victoria E. Bynum

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter traces the anti-authoritarian traditions of Jones County dissenters to their ancestral roots in Revolutionary Era North Carolina. Describing societal conflicts generated by the emergence of a slave-based commercial economy, it locates ancestors of Jones County Unionists within the religious and political upheavals of the late 18th century. Emphasizing the effects of the Great Awakening and the Regulator Movement on class-based resistance to conventional authority, the chapter describes a white patriarchy in which race and gender domination played key roles in developing an ethos of male honor dependent on both. The yeomanry, it concludes, fought economic marginalization amid expanding plantation agriculture by moving west in ever-greater numbers.

Keywords:   Great Awakening, New Light Baptists, Regulator Movement, American Revolution, commercial agriculture, race-mixing, slavery, class conflict, South Carolina backcountry, James Street

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