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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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Death in all its Various and Frightful Shapes

Death in all its Various and Frightful Shapes

The Last Days of the State of Franklin

(p.118) Chapter 6 Death in all its Various and Frightful Shapes
The Lost State of Franklin

Kevin T. Barksdale

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the final months of the state of Franklin. It notes that throughout 1787, the residents of the Tennessee Valley continued to suffer against the backdrop of the heightening Cherokee and Creek resistance movements, the disruption to their communities caused by two competing state bureaucracies, and the increasingly treacherous local factionalism threatening their homes, families, and businesses. The chapter observes that the state of North Carolina maintained its conciliatory strategy aimed at non-violently defeating the Franklin separatist movement by driving a political wedge between the residents of the Great Valley of the Tennessee. It further observes that tensions between Franklinites and Tiptonites intensified as the leaders and supporters of Franklin scrambled to preserve the statehood movement, and that the communities of the Tennessee Valley erupted into a violent partisan clash that left several Tennessee Valley residents dead, the region in complete bedlam, and the state of Franklin in smoldering ruins.

Keywords:   Tennessee Valley, resistance movements, Franklinites, Tiptonites

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