The Partisan Spirit

Kentucky Politics, 1779-1792
Patricia Watlington
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 12/1972
Reprint Date: 12/2012
Pages: 288
Paperback ISBN: 9780807839645
Paperback Publication Date: 12/2012
Ebook ISBN: 9780807839638


Although historians have assumed previously that early Kentucky was a one-party area, Watlington has discovered that there were actually three active parties–the partisan,” “court,” and “country.” From the land-grant maze following the 1779 migration, through a brief Tory movement and even James Wilkinson’s intrigue for a Spanish connection, she traces the parties’ development and their struggle for power in the vigorous world of postrevolutionary Kentucky politics.

Originally published in 1972.

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