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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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Agreeable to a Republican Government

Agreeable to a Republican Government

The Rise of Backcountry Partisanship, 1784–1785

(p.53) Chapter 3 Agreeable to a Republican Government
The Lost State of Franklin

Kevin T. Barksdale

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the struggle over the Franklin Constitution and the inner workings of the Franklin government from 1784 to the end of 1785, which expose the movement's fiscal motivations, political conservatism, and divisive impact on the Tennessee Valley. It further examines the 19 convention members who dissented from the ratification of the modified North Carolina Constitution, which reveals that men holding high-level positions within both the Franklin government and the opposition contingent supported the Houston–Graham constitution. The chapter observes that the rejection of the Houston–Graham Constitution expanded the ranks of Anti-Franklinites by attracting several prominent Tennessee Valley residents to the cause. It further observes that the controversy surrounding the Franklin Constitution exacerbated the lingering hostilities between the Tiptonites and the Franklinites, and that the rejection of the democratic plan of government in the Houston–Graham Constitution alienated several of the new state's supporters.

Keywords:   Franklin Constitution, Tennessee Valley, North Carolina, Houston–Graham Constitution, Anti-Franklinites, Tiptonites, Franklinites

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