Chapter

Rocked to Death in the Cradle of Secession

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125213.003.0009
Rocked to Death in the Cradle of Secession

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This chapter examines the antebellum evolution of Franklin from 1783 to 1861. It notes that following the collapse of the state of Franklin and the Spanish Intrigue, the residents of the Tennessee Valley continued to struggle with the political uncertainty surrounding rapidly developing communities. The chapter observes that amid the formation of the state of Tennessee, the socioeconomic development of East Tennessee, and the antebellum turmoil surrounding the divisive political issues of slavery and secession, the descendants of the Franklinites and Tiptonites continued to grapple over the region's political and economic future. It explains that throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, the historical legacy and meaning of the Franklin separatist movement became intertwined with this transmontane hegemonic contest.

Keywords: antebellum revolution; Franklin; Spanish Intrigue; Tennessee Valley; East Tennessee; Franklinites; Tiptonites

Chapter.  8684 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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