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The Ashley Cooper Plan: The Founding of Carolina and the Origins of Southern Political Culture

Thomas D. Wilson


This book demonstrates that early utopian visions for England’s American colonies had a lasting impact. Those early plans not only influenced the future form of American cities, but they shaped the American political landscape as well. Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, was one of the most powerful politicians in England when he and seven other noblemen founded the Province of Carolina. At an early stage in planning the colony, Ashley Cooper enlisted the assistance of John Locke in preparing its constitution, settlement strategy, and urban-regional design guidelines. Together ... More

Keywords: Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, city planning, John Locke, Province of Carolina, Enlightenment, Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, South Carolina, Charles Town (Charleston, SC), political culture, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628905
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas D. Wilson, author