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A Speaking Aristocracy

Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut

Christopher Grasso

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4772-5

Copyright 1999 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Homer D. Babbidge Jr. Award, Association for the Study of Connecticut History (2000)

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“An extraordinary work of scholarship,... A Speaking Aristocracy is unquestionably the finest study of revolutionary Connecticut ever written.”

--Joseph J. Ellis

“This book is a wonderful portrait of leadership and public discourse in the Revolutionary era. Grasso’s signal achievement is to integrate the cumulative legacy of evangelical preaching, legal reasoning, enlightenment science, republican ideology, literary sensibility, and political debate.”

--Nathan O. Hatch

A Speaking a deeply researched, subtle, and compelling story of continuity and change that challenges all easy generalizations about the stability and homogeneity of the early Connecticut elite."

--Ruth Bloch