New Age for Aussie Imperialism (reply to rachel E.)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sat Sep 25 08:03:13 MDT 1999

Vintage Hoover.

At 09:06 AM 9/25/99 -0400, you wrote:
>> Shay's rebellion a.k.a. the Whiskey rebellion.
>Separate rebellions:
>Shay's Rebellion (named for one of its leaders, Daniel Shays) was 1786
>insurrection by angry western Massachusetts farmers to prevent fore-
>closure of their property by creditors.  Armed rebels (many of whom
>were revolutionary war veterans owed back-pay for their service) seized
>county courthouses, disrupted debtors' trials, and freed debtors from
>jail.  They were eventually put down by state militia paid for by
>private funds (gee, I wonder which class put up money).  Shay's
>Rebellion is generally viewed as catalyst for 1787 constitution and
>stronger national government.
>1794 Whiskey Rebellion, reminiscent of colonial protests against Britain,
>occurred in response to 1791 congressonal legislation that imposed tax
>on whiskey (guess-timates indicate that US adult in early years of the
>republic imbibed, on average, six gallons of hard liquor per year).  A
>test of the national government's authority (and the political state's
>role as guarantor of class rule), President George Washington exercised
>first use of 'command-in-chief' powers when he called up militia of
>several states *and* physically led troops that crushed Pennsylvania
>uprising.   Michael Hoover

Louis Proyect

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