The origins of Clarke County-how it came to be, and why-are examined here for the first time. Historian Warren R. Hofstra not only tells the story of the people who made Clarke County a separate place but also puts the movement for its formation in the context of Virginia and U.S. politics. It is a story fascinating in detail and rich in implication, for the issues that strained old Frederick to the breaking point-local control vs. an expanded federal government, conformity vs. pluralism, agrarian values vs. commercial pursuits-are still featured in the political debates today both regionally and nationally.
Warren R. Hoftra is professor of history at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Chapter 1 Foreword, by Charles L. Burwell Chapter 2 Introduction to Second Printing Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Chronology Chapter 5 Taking Up the Land Chapter 6 The Plantation and the Farm Chapter 7 Two Worlds Chapter 8 An Era of Sectionalism Chapter 9 A Political Split Chapter 10 The Entering Wedge Chapter 11 Division Chapter 12 Epilogue Chapter 13 Appendix: Legislative Petitions for the Formation of Clarke County Chapter 14 Notes Chapter 15 Index