Acts of Designing Men

Kevin T. Barksdale

in The Lost State of Franklin

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125213
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135199 | DOI:
Acts of Designing Men

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This chapter examines the leaders and supporters of Franklinites and anti-Franklinites during the separatist affair. It observes that although cultural factors undoubtedly influenced backcountry partisanship during the events surrounding Franklin, frontier fidelity transcended ethnic, religious, and class lines. The chapter notes that in addition to the ethnically dominant Anglo-Saxon strains, the 1790 ethnic survey included Germans, Welsh, Dutch, Swiss, Alsatians, Africans, and French Huguenots. It further notes that the Sevier, Vincent, and Amis families emigrated from France with groups of Huguenots who fled religious persecution and traveled among the Protestant congregations of William Penn. The chapter observes that leaders and their churches represent no less than five denominations proselytized in upper East Tennessee, including Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Moravians, and Quakers, who played critical roles in the political, educational, and cultural development of the Tennessee Valley and the state of Franklin.

Keywords: Franklinites; anti-Franklinites; backcountry partisanship; frontier fidelity; Sevier; Vincent; Amis; William Penn; Tennessee Valley

Chapter.  6728 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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