Beyond Philadelphia? The American Revolution in the Pennsylvania Hinterland

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Chester County

Rosemary S. Warden

On the eve of the Revolution, Chester County was a picture of rural tranquility, with no foreshadowing of the deep turmoil to come. Chester County's fifty-four townships included modern Delaware and Chester Counties, with a population of about 30,000. Stretching forty miles west from Philadelphia to Lancaster County, Chester County was bordered on the north by Philadelphia and Berks Counties and on the south by the Delaware River, Delaware, and Maryland. It was settled in the 1680s. Mixed farming was well established by the mid-1770s, when Chester County farmers were exporting one-third to one-half of their wheat crop through Philadelphia. Family farms of modest size, averaging 130 acres, were typical. Farms were smaller in areas close to Philadelphia that sup-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction: Pennsylvania and Its Three Revolutions ix
  • 1 - Chester County 1
  • 2 - Bucks County 23
  • 3 - The Lehigh Valley 46
  • 4 - Berks County 67
  • 5 - York County 85
  • 6 - Cumberland County 107
  • 7 - The Wyoming Valley 133
  • 8 - The Upper Juniata Valley 153
  • 9 - Soldiers and Violence on The Pennsylvania Frontier 171
  • Afterword: Pennsylvania's Revolutions in Their Broader Contexts 195
  • Notes 199
  • Contributors 253
  • Index 255
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