Conflict invariably characterizes the period following any
revolution, and post-revolutionary America was no exception. After
the unity inspired by opposition to a common enemy dissipates,
revolutionary movements generally splinter into different groups
that compete with each other for the right to shape the values and
structures of the new society. The Frontier Republic examines the
form these conflicts took in the settlement of the Ohio Country, as
thousands of Americans streamed onto the lands west of the
Appalachians. These settlers had experienced revolution and
migration: now the process of creating new communities and a new
state in the Northwest Territory forced them to deliverate on, and
define, what these upheavals had accomplished. At issue was the
very nature of human society and the role of government in it.
Jeffersonian Republican ideals of individual liberty and local
sovereignty were at odds with the Federalist vision of a
well-ordered society and political control on the national level.
Disagreements arose over such topics as rights of squatters,
establishment of authority of the national government, the
statehood movement, and the location of the new state's capital.
The effects of the Panic of 1819 and the need for internal
improvements changed the early focus on individualism to an
understanding of Ohio's place in an interdependent society.
Although this first generation of settlers failed to resolve their
disputes completely, they ensured that the ideological foundation
of nineteenth-century Ohio would be a synthesis of their
conflicting revolutionary visions of the future of the United
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Andrew R. L Cayton
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