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Tuesday, March 16, 2004
EARLY AMERICAN REBELLIONS AND DISPUTES
A study of American History shows that the road to the Republic was a rocky one, with numerous struggles along the way. Here are just a few..
The Antinomian Dispute - this 17th century controversy over a point of Calvinist theology may seem obscure and irrelevant today. However, as an early example of dissension and populist attacks on the established order, as well as the remarkable role of Ann Hutchinson - a woman liberated a few hundred years before the suffragettes - it is worth examining.
Shay's Rebellion in Western Massachusetts. Another site..
This article, on events in and around Keene, New Hampshire during Shay's Rebellion, was written by Zach Rubin, a high school student, and just posted online a week ago. I hope Zach intends to continue as a historian!
The Whiskey Rebellion - George Washington plays the heavy!
Nice painting here..
The Dorr War - a bit later, in the 1840's, Thomas Dorr led a struggle for the rights of the landless in my native Rhode Island. More here.. In my younger days, I would often stop by his grave in Swan Point cemetary (final resting place also of H.P.Lovecraft) and drink a toast and smoke a joint in honor of the erstwhile old radical..
Speaking of old graves, here's a great archive of New England cemetary photos..
I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.