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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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Rocked to Death in the Cradle of Secession

Rocked to Death in the Cradle of Secession

The Antebellum Evolution of Franklin, 1783–1861

(p.162) Chapter 8 Rocked to Death in the Cradle of Secession
The Lost State of Franklin

Kevin T. Barksdale

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the antebellum evolution of Franklin from 1783 to 1861. It notes that following the collapse of the state of Franklin and the Spanish Intrigue, the residents of the Tennessee Valley continued to struggle with the political uncertainty surrounding rapidly developing communities. The chapter observes that amid the formation of the state of Tennessee, the socioeconomic development of East Tennessee, and the antebellum turmoil surrounding the divisive political issues of slavery and secession, the descendants of the Franklinites and Tiptonites continued to grapple over the region's political and economic future. It explains that throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, the historical legacy and meaning of the Franklin separatist movement became intertwined with this transmontane hegemonic contest.

Keywords:   antebellum revolution, Franklin, Spanish Intrigue, Tennessee Valley, East Tennessee, Franklinites, Tiptonites

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