Counter-revolution in Virginia : patriot response to Dunmore's emancipation proclamation of November 7, 1775

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dc.contributor.advisor Pilcher, George W. en_US Crawford, David B. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-va n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:36:25Z 2011-06-03T19:36:25Z 1993 en_US 1993
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1993 .C73 en_US
dc.description.abstract In mid-November, 1775, Lord Dunmore last Royal Governor of Virginia attempted to enlist the support of rebel owned slaves to crush Patriot resistance to Great Britain. This study examines the slaveholders' response to Dunmore's actions. Virginia's slaveholders fought a counter-revolution in order to maintain traditional race relations in the colony. Patriot propaganda portrayed Dunmore as a race traitor, who became symbolically more "black" than white. Slaveholders characterized Dunmore as a rebel, a madman, and a sexual deviant - stereotypes normally given to slaves by their "masters." Since Dunmore threatened to destroy the defining institution of slavery, planters sought to salvage their identities by defending the paternalistic philosophy and racist assumptions upon which slave society was based. Planters overwhelmingly became Patriots to protect slavery.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History
dc.format.extent iii, 173 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Slave insurrections. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh African Americans -- Virginia -- History. en_US
dc.subject.other Dunmore, John Murray, Earl of, 1732-1809. en_US
dc.subject.other Virginia -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783. en_US
dc.subject.other Virginia -- Race relations. en_US
dc.subject.other United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783. en_US
dc.title Counter-revolution in Virginia : patriot response to Dunmore's emancipation proclamation of November 7, 1775 en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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