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Unformatted text preview: implications are clarified, and applications of it are discussed. 153 Some recent historians have argued that life in the Having said this, however, one must add that there is British colonies in America from approximately 1763 to much evidence to support the further claim of recent 1789 was marked by internal conflicts among colonists. historians that sectional conflicts were common between Inheritors of some of the viewpoints of early twentieth- 1763 and 1789. The "Paxton Boys" incident and the century Progressive historians such as Beard and Becker, Regulator movement are representative examples of the these recent historians have put forward arguments that widespread, and justified, discontent of western settlers deserve evaluation. against colonial or state governments dominated by The kind of conflict most emphasized b y these eastern interests. Although undertones of class conflict historians is class conflict. Yet with the Revolutionary existed beneath such hostility, the opposition was War dominating these years, how does one distinguish primarily geographical. Sectional conflict ---which also class conflict within that larger conflict? Certainly not by existed between North and South ---deserves further the side a person supported. Although many of these investigation. historians have accepted the earlier assumption that In summary, historians must be careful about the kind Loyalists represented an upper class, new evidence of conflict they emphasize in eighteenth-century America. indicates that Loyalists, like rebels, were drawn from all Yet those who stress the achievement of a general socioeconomic classes. (It is nonetheless probably true consensus among the colonists cannot fully understand that a larger percentage of the well-to-do joined the that consensus without understanding the conflicts that Loyalists than joined the rebels.) Looking at the rebel side, had to be overcome or repressed in order to reach it. we find little evidence for the contention that lower-class (461 words) rebels were in conflict with upper-class rebels. Indeed, the war effort against Britain tended to suppress class conflicts. Where it did not, the disputing rebels of one or another class usually became Loyalists. Loyalism thus operated as a safety valve to remove socioeconomic discontent that existed among the rebels. Disputes occurred, of course, among those who remained on the rebel side, but the extraordinary social mobility of eighteenth-century American society (with the obvious exception of slaves) usually prevented such disputes from hardening along class lines. Social structure was in fact so fluid --- though recent statistics suggest a narrowing of economic opportunity as the latter half of the century progressed --- that to talk about social classes at all requires the use of loose economic categories such as rich, poor, and middle class, or eighteenth-century designations like "the better sort." Despite these vague categories...
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