Elaine F. Crane's A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the PDF
By Elaine F. Crane
This paintings tells a narrative in regards to the sea, an American colonial city, and the British. It relates how Newport's dependence at the Atlantic Ocean ruled approximately each point of its life. Newport realized early from its watery atmosphere that its survival and prosperity have been inextricably associated with trade. depending on a thriving alternate, Newporters have been keen to discover and mixture of routes which steered a winning go back in voyage and funding. Newport's single-minded dedication to trade produced a society during which humans have been additionally depending on one another. service provider and dockworker, sailmaker and rope-walk proprietor constructed symbiotic relationships because of their universal efforts to make sure the good fortune of every voyage. Dependency additionally prolonged to social networks the place the prosperous took accountability for different contributors of the group. due to their dependence on unobstructed alternate, Newporters had refrained from British customs for generations, utilizing equipment which solid a few doubt on their dedication to the legislation. therefore, while it turned transparent in 1764 that Britain might visit nice lengths to implement new tasks, the level was once set for war of words. after all, occasions outstripped the facility of Newport to chart its personal direction because the violence escalated. The Revolution in advance ended Newport's golden age and destroyed the city either bodily and spiritually. A based humans had won independence yet at a price just a couple of may foresee.
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1945), p. 94n. Page 9 I ''A GOOD VOYAGE AND SAFE RETURN" By the second half of the eighteenth century, the colonies could boast of several commercially successful communities. Philadelphia had already challenged Boston's pre-eminence as America's largest and most important urban center, and New York was not far behind. Newport with fewer people and a smaller volume of trade assumed that it made up in quality what it lacked in quantity. These northern seaports had much in common with each other: their mercantile activities and their prosperity were inseparably intertwined, and they claimed a degree of material comfort for the majority of their residents unimaginable a century earlier.
This combination of factors may have antagonized the Congregationalists whose resentment toward the economic achievements of their Anglican brethren was translated into rebellion. Does this interpretation make Newport's experience in the revolutionary era a class struggle? Not exactly, but perhaps it brings that argument out of total oblivion. One other subject that deserves a more thorough analysis than I gave it in 1985 concerns personal relationships. If church affiliation was, as I believe it to have been, the key to revolutionary allegiances, how did this affect intra-family relationships?
Page 1 INTRODUCTION Newport, Rhode Island, may be the oldest city on the North American continent. On the other hand, it may not be. For half a century a controversy has raged over whether Newport was or was not the site of a Viking settlement. The believers rest their convictions on an old stone tower which stands somewhat inconspicuously near the center of town, and which bears a striking resemblance to thirteenth-century Norse structures. 1 The skeptics, sad to say, have archaeological evidence on their side, and it is generally agreed today that the tower was built as a mill in the last quarter of the seventeenth century by Governor Benedict Arnold on whose land it stood.
A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island in the Revolutionary Era by Elaine F. Crane