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The Lost State of FranklinAmerica's First Secession$
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Kevin T. Barksdale

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125213

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125213.001.0001

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Acts of Designing Men

Acts of Designing Men

Community, Conflict, and Control

(p.36) Chapter 2 Acts of Designing Men
The Lost State of Franklin

Kevin T. Barksdale

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the leaders and supporters of Franklinites and anti-Franklinites during the separatist affair. It observes that although cultural factors undoubtedly influenced backcountry partisanship during the events surrounding Franklin, frontier fidelity transcended ethnic, religious, and class lines. The chapter notes that in addition to the ethnically dominant Anglo-Saxon strains, the 1790 ethnic survey included Germans, Welsh, Dutch, Swiss, Alsatians, Africans, and French Huguenots. It further notes that the Sevier, Vincent, and Amis families emigrated from France with groups of Huguenots who fled religious persecution and traveled among the Protestant congregations of William Penn. The chapter observes that leaders and their churches represent no less than five denominations proselytized in upper East Tennessee, including Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Moravians, and Quakers, who played critical roles in the political, educational, and cultural development of the Tennessee Valley and the state of Franklin.

Keywords:   Franklinites, anti-Franklinites, backcountry partisanship, frontier fidelity, Sevier, Vincent, Amis, William Penn, Tennessee Valley

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