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The Fires of New England: A Story of Protest and Rebellion in Antebellum America

Eric J. Morser
Format
Book
Published
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9781625342805, 1625342802, 9781625342812, 1625342810
Summary
"In the winter of 1834, twenty men convened in Keene, New Hampshire, and published a fiery address condemning their state's legal system as an abomination that threatened the legacy of the American Revolution. They attacked New Hampshire's constitution as an archaic document that undermined democracy and created a system of conniving attorneys and judges. They argued that the time was right for their neighbors to rise up and return the Granite State to the glorious pathway blazed by the nation's founders. Few people embraced the manifesto and its radical message. Nonetheless, as Eric J. Morser illustrates in this eloquently written and deeply researched book, the address matters because it reveals how commercial, cultural, political, and social changes were remaking the lives of the men who drafted and shared it in the 1830s. Using an imaginative range of sources, Morser artfully reconstructs their moving personal tales and locates them in a grander historical context. By doing so, he demonstrates that even seemingly small stories from antebellum America can help us understand the rich complexities of the era"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Prelude: A mysterious gathering
  • Lawyers and scoundrels
  • Commercial revolutions
  • Memories of the founders
  • Political protestors
  • Religious awakenings
  • Reform dreams
  • Epilogue: An almost lost tale.
Description
xii, 230 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-220) and index.
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