The Historical Publications Section announces the publication of Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina, by Dr. Carole Watterson Troxler.
The Regulator Movement grew from the frustration of North Carolina’s backcountry residents—frustration with local officials who ran their offices for personal gain, disregarding the rights of the residents—frustration with a complicated land grant system that did not guarantee clear ownership of land—frustration with a colonial legislature dominated by eastern political and economic interests. In this new study, Dr. Carole Troxler steps back more than two decades before the pivotal Battle of Alamance (May 16, 1771) to examine the issues and their cultural context that fostered the Regulator Movement and determined its progress, and political aftermath. This is the story of local government more interested in its needs than those of its constituents—and of settlers steeped in the Dissenter religious culture who drew on its political orientation to risk activism often cited as a prelude to the American Revolution.
Dr. Carole Watterson Troxler is professor emeritus of history at Elon University, where she taught for thirty-three years. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Troxler has published extensively on the American Revolution in the southern backcountry and the migration of loyalists after the war.
Farming Dissenters (paperbound; pp. xiii, 221; illustrations; index; 2011) sells for $24.79, which includes tax and shipping. Order from the Historical Publications Section (AB), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442, ext. 0, or visit the section’s secure online store at http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/. Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina is also available through local bookstores and Amazon.com.