Before the American Revolution, the people who lived in British North America were not just colonists; they were also imperial subjects. To think of eighteenth-century New Yorkers as Britons rather than incipient Americans allows us fresh investigations into their world. How was the British Empire experienced by those who lived at its margins? How did the mundane affairs oBefore the American Revolution, the people who lived in British North America were not just colonists; they were also imperial subjects. To think of eighteenth-century New Yorkers as Britons rather than incipient Americans allows us fresh investigations into their world. How was the British Empire experienced by those who lived at its margins? How did the mundane affairs of ordinary New Yorkers affect the culture at the center of an enormous commercial empire?"Dangerous Economies" is a history of New York culture and commerce in the first two thirds of the eighteenth century, when Britain was just beginning to catch up with its imperial rivals, France and Spain. In that sparsely populated city on the fringe of an empire, enslaved Africans rubbed elbows with white indentured servants while the elite strove to maintain ties with European genteel culture. The transience of the city's people, goods, and fortunes created a notably fluid society in which establishing one's own status or verifying another's was a challenge. New York's shifting imperial identity created new avenues for success but also made success harder to define and demonstrate socially.Such a mobile urban milieu was the ideal breeding ground for crime and conspiracy, which became all too evident in 1741, when thirty slaves were executed and more than seventy other people were deported after being found guilty on dubious evidence of plotting a revolt. This sort of violent outburst was the unforeseen but unsurprising result of the seething culture that existed at the margins of the British Empire."...
|Title||:||Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York|
|Number of Pages||:||205 Pages|
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Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York Reviews
This is a very good book. I wasn't sure until I hit the half-way point, but then it all came together and I found it interesting and informative. Like many others, my perception of pre-Revolutionary War America, or at least New York, was one of an incipient America. In reality it was an outpost of the British Empire, and the cross currents of commercial trade, finance, class, status, politics, and religion were complex and played out in sometimes predictable sometimes lamentable (to say the least) ways.
Enjoyed the narratives created through court documents. Introduces characters in early New York whose histories have been largely forgotten. Presents a unique view of the relationship between women and black men in the early 18th century. Somewhat tedious to get through (reason for only 2 stars). Well written.