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Your search for posts with tags containing Shays’ Rebellion found 15 posts

Lauding “the Trajan of America”

In looking at accounts of John Hancock’s funeral in 1793, I was surprised at the praise that newspaper writers heaped on him.Today we think of Hancock as a lightweight compared to the Adams cousins, the Virginians, and most other Revolutionary politicians...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2017

“His death was unexpected, although he has been indisposed”

John Hancock was in poor health for the last decade of his life. Political opponents, and even some friends, muttered that he exaggerated his medical problems to get out of difficult situations. The most famous example of that was when he lost a war of...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Oct 2017

“As they were not reasoned up, they cannot be reasoned down”

In 1721, the Rev. Jonathan Swift published A Letter to a Young Clergyman, Lately Enter’d Into Holy Orders, by a Person of Quality. It included this sentence about men wasting their college education by thinking in new ways and thus making such education...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Nov 2016

After John Jupp Came Home to Shirley

Yesterday I introduced the couple of John and Mary Jupp—he a deserter from the British army who had made his way to Shirley, she a woman in her late thirties who apparently had some property but no husband.They married in late 1774 and had a daughter...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Apr 2015

Constitutional Correlations

In a recent issue of the New Yorker, Jill Lepore reviewed some recent books about economic inequality, which has been measured for a century on the Gini scale, and what that phenomenon might say about and mean for different societies.Toward the end of...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Mar 2015

Constitutional Challenge

A few weeks back Al Carroll, a retired history professor, argued on History News Network that the U.S. Constitution has been an elitist, deeply flawed, and technically illegitimate document from the start.Certainly there were many more democratic experiments...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Sep 2014

Samuel Adams’s Petition to the Legislature

Yesterday I mentioned a New England Historical and Genealogical Register obituary for Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams after his death in 1855. After giving some details about his parents it said:At the time of the Revolution he was old enough to perform services...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Aug 2014

Digging for Shays

The Burlington Free Press just ran an Associated Press story (also picked up by the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal) about a high-school teacher’s archeological dig in Sandgate, Vermont, with roots in post-Revolutionary America:On the south...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Aug 2014

Talk on the Shays Rebellion in Lincoln, 16 Mar.

On Sunday, 16 March, the Friends of Minute Man National Park will host a lecture by Gary Shattuck on “Shays’ Rebellion: The Trials for Job Shattuck.” It looks like this lecture will be based on Gary Shattuck’s recent book, which the publisher...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Mar 2014

The Memory of Samuel Ely

For the last two days I’ve quoted advertisements from Connecticut newspapers spelling out a dispute between militia colonel William Williams of Wilmington, Vermont and the former minister Samuel Ely. That wasn’t the last dispute that Ely got into....
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Feb 2014

“A constitution to be offered to the people”

Here’s an unusual discussion of the Massachusetts constitution of 1780 between two New Yorkers, published in (of all places) The Cincinnati Miscellany in 1846. That Ohio periodical stated, “The following letter, published now for the first time, was...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jan 2014

“Voucher for rations delivered at the Port of Williamston”?

Last month the Boston Globe reported on the opening of a vault in the Massachusetts State House. Officials found nothing earth-shaking inside, and the contents produced more small mysteries than they solved.But perhaps the most intriguing item, provenance...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Sep 2013

Gerry and Warren, Anti-Federalist Allies

The Massachusetts Historical Society recently bought a 1788 letter from James Warren to Elbridge Gerry (shown here) that hasn’t appeared in any published correspondence of the two politicians. It does appear online at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Feb 2013

The 2013 Desk Calendar Contest

If you didn’t win last week’s wall calendar contest, don’t despair! I also have an extra Colonial Williamsburg desk calendar for the coming year. It’s spiral-bound, about 9 inches wide by 8 tall, with a page for each month and each week, all facing...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Dec 2012

New England Historical Association conference, 13 Oct.

The New England Historical Association’s fall conference will take place this Saturday, 13 October, at Merrimack College in North Andover.I won’t be able to attend this year, but some of the papers on the program caught my eye:Thomas Goldscheider,...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Oct 2012

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