“This infant Borough”: The Corporate Political Identity of Eighteenth-Century Norfolk

@article{Musselwhite2017ThisIB,
  title={“This infant Borough”: The Corporate Political Identity of Eighteenth-Century Norfolk},
  author={Paul Musselwhite},
  journal={Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  year={2017},
  volume={15},
  pages={801 - 834}
}
  • Paul Musselwhite
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The rapidly growing eighteenth-century port city of Norfolk, Virginia, occupied an unusual position. It was the largest city in a colony known for its rural gentry culture and also a formally incorporated borough in an era when urban corporate independence was increasingly unusual in the British Atlantic. This essay explores Norfolk’s corporate political identity and argues that it was crucial to the city’s position in a planter-dominated society. The charter helped reconcile the city’s need… Expand
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