Leonard L. Richards provides a clear picture of Shays's Rebellion, capturing the spirit of the insurgency, the reasons for the revolt, and its long ...Show synopsisLeonard L. Richards provides a clear picture of Shays's Rebellion, capturing the spirit of the insurgency, the reasons for the revolt, and its long-term impact on the participants, the state of Massachusetts, and the nation as a whole. Shays's Rebellion, though seemingly a local affair, was the revolution that gave rise to modern American democracy.Hide synopsis
Description:New. During the bitter winter of 1786-87, Daniel Shays, a...New. During the bitter winter of 1786-87, Daniel Shays, a modest farmer and Revolutionary War veteran, and his compatriot Luke Day led an unsuccessful armed rebellion against the state of Massachusetts. Their desperate struggle was fueled by the injustice...
Shay's Rebellion occurred because of the greed and avarice of the Boston merchants and speculators. Basically, after purchasing the war bonds that were issued to Revolutionary soldiers in lieu of pay for a pittance they wanted the state to pay them at face value. A preponderance of the speculators had not participated in the Revolutionary war to any extent. This book points out that while a majority of the veterans stayed neutral in this fight, many more joined with Shay's and the regulators than sided with the State Government. While many histories portray Shay and the Regulators as poor ne'er-do-wells the facts speak otherwise. Going to a little used source for the facts rather than relying the "FOX news" sources of the day, the author provides a different view of what led to the Constitutional Convention and of the way in which it was passed. I recommend this book to anyone interested in US history and/or the idea of "Original Intent."
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