Year of Graduation

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MALS: Social Sciences

Directing Professor

Peter Coogan

Abstract

This essay explores the multifaceted interplay between national, state and local politics in the early Republic. This interplay will be examined by comparing and contrasting national politics with Virginia’s politics to gain greater understanding of the way in which politics worked in the Shenandoah Valley. By employing the voices of Valley Federalists to guide a discussion on the nation’s political narrative, it is my intention to draw a parallel between Virginia’s political climate and the national political arena. Indeed, Virginia’s state and local politics prove to be a general microcosm of the national political scene in the years between the “Revolution of 1800” and the War of 1812. The historical relevance substantiating this comparative study rests on the notion that locally distinct issues were clearly secondary to national issues in the first few decades of the nineteenth century.

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