Their Magistrates and Officials

Their Magistrates and Officials : Executive Government in Colonial Maryland, 1715-1775

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Their Magistrates and Officials combines narrative, institutional study and biographical approaches to revise our understanding the mechanisms of colonial, imperial, and proprietary government in 18th century Maryland, focusing on the executive branch. The fundamental conflict between Enlightenment ideas and the absolutist Charter of Maryland complicated the political scene, which was already a web of conflicting personal ambitions and personalities and a set of recurrent economic and political problems.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739141864
  • 9780739141861

About R.J. Rockefeller

R. J. Rockefeller is an assistant professor at Loyola College Maryland.show more

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R. J. Rockefeller highlights the emergence of a strong executive presence in Maryland prior to 1776, and the reasons why the generation of Constitution writing revolutionaries did so much to qualify those powers in the early years of the Republic. This book is thoroughly researched and shows a thoughtful labor of many years. Rockefeller has taken the pioneering work of Frank White and moved it to a new level of scholarship and interpretation for which we are all grateful. R. J. Rockefeller provides a reference work of unquestioned value to the student of Maryland government in the Colonial era. It deserves to be available in every research library, and to be found among the private libraries of every scholar with an interest in Maryland law and society in the years prior to statehood.. -- Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents R. J. Rockefeller highlights the emergence of a strong executive presence in Maryland prior to 1776, and the reasons why the generation of Constitution writing revolutionaries did so much to qualify those powers in the early years of the Republic. This book is thoroughly researched and shows a thoughtful labor of many years. Rockefeller has taken the pioneering work of Frank White and moved it to a new level of scholarship and interpretation for which we are all grateful. R. J. Rockefeller provides a reference work of unquestioned value to the student of Maryland government in the Colonial era. It deserves to be available in every research library, and to be found among the private libraries of every scholar with an interest in Maryland law and society in the years prior to statehood. -- Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patentsshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One: Their Magistrates and Officials Chapter 2 Chapter Two: "A Proper Attachment to His Lordship" The Formal Framework of Executive Government Chapter 3 Chapter Three: "You Can't Be Well Served Unless Your Governor Lives Somewhat Like One" - The Governor and Cultural Sources of Power Chapter 4 Chapter Four: "With The Consent of The Freemen"- Agreement on Laws Chapter 5 Chapter Five: "Feuds And Animosities"- Recurrent Issues in Proprietary Maryland Politics Chapter 6 Chapter Six: "The Management of The Assembly"- Executive Devices in The Legislature Chapter 7 Chapter Seven: "That Turbulent and Malevolent Spirit in The Lower House" - Contested Legislation and Perpetual Issues Chapter 8 Chapter Eight: "Make And Constitute Fit and Wholesome Ordinances" - Executive Efforts In Times of Peace Chapter 9 Chapter Nine: "Hold Rudder and Steer Ship"- Executive Action On Times of War Chapter 10 Chapter Ten: "Preserve Some Hold on The Helm Of Government"- Executive Authority in The Face of Revolution Chapter 11 Chapter Eleven: "Private Grudges Gave Rise to Public Measures"- Personalities and Personality Conflicts Chapter 12 Chapter Twelve "Cannot Not Expect All Sunshine" - Evaluationshow more