Revolutionary New England, 1691-1776

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CHAPTER VII
DIVERGING INTERESTS

Beginning of the Industrial Revolution -- Rise of Colonial Capitalists -- English Colonial Policy -- The King's Woods -- Frontier Commercial Ethics -- Land Titles -- Connecticut Intestacy Case -- The Charters -- Dispute over Burnett's Salary

IN an earlier day, historians were wont to treat the gradually diverging interests of Englishmen in the eighteenth century mainly as a growing conflict between England and her continental colonies. A more detached point of view, increasing knowledge of human nature, and the immense amount of work done by scholars on the documents of the period, have enabled us to realize that the story is far more involved than that, and we are no longer content with "simple ideas of complex facts."

The gradually broadening lines of cleavage between the colonies and the mother country need no particular comment here. Three other spheres of diverging interest between Englishmen in various parts of the empire, however, must be taken into consideration in order to understand the better-known story of New England's opposition to old England. Two of these -- the divergence between the newly developing sections and classes in New England itself, and the conflict of material interest between those colonies and the Sugar Islands -- have already been discussed and will be again even at the risk of wearisome repetition, for the period is characterized not so much by incident as by continuing causes and tendencies, all gradually growing more and more effective until they culminate in the final tragedy of civil war and revolution.

The third instance of these diverging interests is to be found in the beginning of clearly marked class conflict in the mother country herself. As contrasted with mere demands for higher wages, the so-called "Industrial Revolution" used to be thought

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface V
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xiii
  • Chapter I- Introductory 3
  • Chapter II- The Machinery of Empire 18
  • Chapter III- The Dawn of the Century 30
  • Chapter IV- The Policy of Unified Control 46
  • Chapter V- Attempts at Coöperation, Imperial and Colonial 60
  • Chapter VI- The Rising Tide 84
  • Chapter VII- Diverging Interests 111
  • Chapter VIII- Expanding Energies 138
  • Chapter IX- The Great Divide 169
  • Chapter X- The Wrong Turning 200
  • Chapter XI- The Fate of a Continent 221
  • Chapter XII- War and Business 250
  • Chapter XIII- The Price of Peace 278
  • Chapter XIV- The Insoluble Problem 304
  • Chapter XV- Darkening Skies 338
  • Chapter XVI- The Issue Defined 369
  • Chapter XVII- The Defeat of the Conservatives 406
  • Chapter XVIII- Civil War 433
  • Index 453
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