Gentlemen Dissenters: The Social and Political Meanings of Rational Dissent in the 1770s and 1780s

@inproceedings{Seed1985GentlemenDT,
  title={Gentlemen Dissenters: The Social and Political Meanings of Rational Dissent in the 1770s and 1780s},
  author={John Seed},
  year={1985}
}
Conventional wisdom has long maintained that eighteenth-century religious dissent was a significant source of opposition to the Hanoverian status quo. For Trevelyan, for instance, dissenters were 'vigilant champions of liberty and critics of government'.' The high political visibility of rational dissenters in oppositional movements in the I 770s and I 78os in opposition to the American war, the Test and Corporation Acts, slavery and the slave trade, the existing electoral system has been… CONTINUE READING