“Can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.”
—Thomas Jefferson, November 13, 1787
For more than two hundred years, historians have called it a rebellion. They told the story of a young country that needed a strong federal government, to protect against dangerous poor people.
In a meticulously researched narrative, Daniel Bullen tells the story from the people's point of view, and finds a story of regular people who banded together and kept the peace for five months of protests, as they protected their land and liberties from the powerful financiers and speculators who were abusing their power and seeking to profit at their expense.
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“Bullen’s book will remove Shays’ Rebellion from the shadows of American history. This book reads like a novel, but with the research and authority of a scholarly work.”
– Keith Krawczynski, Distinguished Research and Teaching Professor, Honors Professor of History at Auburn University at Montgomery
“In this gripping and scrupulously accurate narrative, Daniel Bullen makes a persuasive case that the Regulators showed remarkable patriotism, economic acumen, and restraint.”—Woody Holton, author of Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution
“Bullen’s vivid prose makes history come alive. We feel the farmers’ pain. We understand why they protested inequities, much as people do today.”
– Ray Raphael, author of The People’s History of the Revolutionary War and, with Marie Raphael, The Spirit of ’74
“This is an important story for our time.”
– Rilla Askew PEN/Faulkner-nominated author of Fire in Beulah and The Mercy Seat