Experiment in Independence: New Jersey in the Critical Period, 1781-1789

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III
Social and Cultural Reconstruction

THE Revolution was not accompanied by cataclysmic changes in the structure of society, but the familiar order was temporarily disarranged by the destruction and instability incident to the war. With the return of peace, the citizens of New Jersey faced the unspectacular task of rebuilding damaged social and cultural institutions at the same time that pressing economic and political concerns commanded a large share of public attention. Outside the sphere of governmental action, individuals in their private capacities energetically strove to reconstruct their religious, educational, fraternal, and professional organizations and to bring them into adjustment with the new conditions created by independence. As a result of their endeavors, a period of ferment and change became one of growth and accomplishment.


THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY

Reconstruction was in many ways complicated by the heterogeneity of the population of the state. The one hundred and thirty-five thousand white inhabitants in 1783 were a con-

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Experiment in Independence: New Jersey in the Critical Period, 1781-1789
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Key to Abbreviations xiii
  • I - Introduction to Independence 3
  • II - The Plight of the Loyalists 25
  • III - Social and Cultural Reconstruction 40
  • IV - Politics: the Rules and the Game 69
  • V - Business and the Government 103
  • VI - The Landed Interest 135
  • VII - Money: the Era of Deflation 158
  • VIII - Money: the Familiar Remedy 186
  • IX - New Jersey and the Confederation 218
  • X - New Jersey and the Constitution 252
  • XI - The Counterrevolution 280
  • XII - Conclusion 304
  • Appendix I - Record of Tax Receipts, 1784-17901 307
  • Appendix II - Record of Interest Payments, 1784-17891 308
  • Bibliography 309
  • Index 327
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