One of the most stubborn myths of American history is the idea that the frontier promoted equality of material condition. This national folk legend is, unhappily, ver much mistaken. With some exceptions, landed wealth was always highly concentrated throughout the southern highlands, as it would be in the lower Mississippi Valley, Texas and the far southwest. Inequality was greater in the backcountry and the southern highlands than in any other rural region of the United States.
British officer, hung as a spy for his involvement in Benedict Arnold’s treason.
French playwright, spy, arms dealer, revolutionary; 1732—99.
British playwright, politician; general who lost the Battles of Saratoga; 1722—92.
Playwright, historian, sister of James Otis, Jr, wife of James Warren; 1728—1814.
Albion′s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989)